Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start the New Year in a Happy Place!

At the start of a new year, people are often looking for ways to improve their lives.  If that description fits you - or anyone you know - I've got a terrific read to pass along.  Today's book recommendation is on The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. 
It is a memoir of the year the author spent "test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier."  Don't worry - she doesn't take herself too seriously.  Her self-deprecating wit is part of what makes this book so eminently readable. 

Each month she tackled a single resolution about happiness:  give proofs of love, find more fun, forget about results, etc.  This isn't a straight how-to book; rather it tackles the questions of should I bother, and is the result worth the effort?  All the strategies are things that can be accomplished without uprooting your life, or doing anything drastic.  It highlights subtle shifts that can be incorporated into daily life that will, truly, help make you a happier person.  In addition to being full of great tips, it is a compelling, humerous read - and that alone can make you happier!

1 comment:

  1. I read this last year! I had to read the whole thing right away though instead of month by month. It was a very good book! I'm so glad I read it!