I’m not usually one to offer a book review – I don’t enjoy reading them, myself, but I can’t stop talking about this book.This book is different and warrants a blog post.
The Happiness Project was recommended to me because these monthly goal sheets I make reminded my friend Sarah of the goals Gretchen Rubin set for herself to discover more happiness in her everyday life. I devoured the book – started it on my flight to Boston earlier this month and finished it on the way home.
I loved this book – it felt great to read happiness initiatives that Gretchen undertook (make time to play, strengthen social bonds) that I already do in my everyday life but I also learned a lot about different ways to see the world and choosing how to react to a situation, event or feeling.
What struck me the most was how similar The Happiness Project and One Little Word are in their objectives – to live with intent. Each asks the person to consider what they want from their day, year, life and figure out how to make it happen. Happiness doesn’t just ‘happen’ – it’s true some people live on a happier plane than others – but it also takes work! It takes time! It sometimes takes a conscious effort to react in a way that creates more happiness.
Living with intent changes your actions from reactive to proactive. Instead of life happening to you, you create the life you want – you choose to focus on your One Little Word to remind you what you want in your life or you focus on not responding sourly when plans don’t go your way. Both lead to more happiness and happened because you intended it to happen.
I guess my point is that this book should be on your reading list – even if you aren’t a reader. It’s a quick read but chock-full of funny anecdotes and insights from Gretchen. I guarantee you will come away from the book with a new perspective on your day-to-day life, your relationships, your passions and how to live with more intent – which creates more happiness – in your life. And who doesn’t want more happiness in life?
Edited to add: 22 Things Happy People Do Differently by Life’d