The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: A Book Review

by Alexandra Weisser in Fun / 22 Comments

Why I'm obsessed with The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and why you need to buy it and read it now! What are you waiting for?!


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin was on my list to read when I discovered my passion for living and happy life and for self-improvement books. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been obsessed with reading books, especially on topics related to things going on in my life. When I started my quest for a happier life, this book seemed to be the perfect fit!

“Is this really it?” I have found myself countless times thinking the very same sentiment. Am I just going through the motions of my everyday life? Do I just wake up, show up, go home, rinse and repeat? Am I constantly working for the weekend and for vacations? Why isn’t my life inspiring at all times? Can life even be inspiring or meaningful when I’m doing laundry or washing dishes?

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I can strongly relate to the feelings Gretchen Rubin had in the beginning of The Happiness Project. She felt like she was just going through life each and every day without any real sense of meaning or purpose behind her daily actions. She felt as if she could bring more happiness into each day by focusing deliberately on different areas of her life and making small changes to bring great results.

The Happiness Project is broken up into 12 chapters, each one corresponding to a month of the year. In each month, Gretchen gives herself a focus for the month and articulates some habits she wants to work on throughout the month. (P.S. If you are interested in a deeper dive on her thoughts about good habits and her study of them, check out her other book Better Than Before. I enjoyed this read as well.) Each month builds on the prior month, and the December month ties it all together.

The topics and months she covers are as follows:

  • January Boost Energy (Vitality)
  • February Remember Love (Marriage)
  • March Aim Higher (Work)
  • April Lighten Up (Parenthood)
  • May Be Serious About Play (Leisure)
  • June Make Time For Friends (Friendship)
  • July Buy Some Happiness (Money)
  • August Contemplate the Heavens (Eternity)
  • September Pursue a Passion (Books)
  • October Pay Attention (Mindfulness)
  • November Keep a Contented Heart (Attitude)
  • December Boot Camp Perfect (Happiness)

If you notice, some of the categories relate directly to the 7 Happy Life variables I have created in my formula for a happy life. February is all about Love,  March is all about Work, which I am calling Purpose as I think that it encompasses a greater passion than just work, May is all about leisure and fun, July is about Money, and October is about mindfulness, which relates to the topic of gratitude.

The Happiness Project inspired me to start a happiness project of my very own! While my project doesn’t follow the guidelines of Gretchen’s project, I decided to start a blog (check out my post on how I did that here!) and share my passion for living a happy life with the world. For years, I have tossed around ideas of what my greater purpose was and how I could contribute to the world around me. I thought that I wanted to write a book, but after a LOT of research (I’m a questioner according to Gretchen Rubin’s four tendencies framework)

You can buy your own copy of The Happiness Project today via the amazon link below. I hope you love it as much as I did and it inspires you to start a happy life journey of your own. I’m sure you have areas of your life that you have been waiting to make a little happier, or a creative project inside of you that is just ready to come out. The Happiness Project is a great read to kick off your happy life! If you need a little more inspiration, you can also listen to her podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin that she hosts  with her sister Liz Craft every Wednesday. You can find it on the podcast app on your iPhone.

Read the book that inspired my blog all about living a happy life!

What did you think of The Happiness Project?




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22 responses to “The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: A Book Review

  1. I liked this book but I really liked her newer book Better Than Before about habit formation and the 4 tendencies. I also listen to her Happier podcast. She does it with her sister and they are a hoot sometimes while also providing thoughtful discussions and advice for living a happier life. She also I had another book coming out this fall that I can’t wait to read!

  2. I’ve heard of this book but never got round to reading it but you’ve sold it and I’ve ordered it! Can’t wait to read t now, thank you x

  3. I have had this book in my
    Library for so long but have never picked it up. I can’t wait to start after your beautifully explanation. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for the review! I’ve never read the book, but I’ve got the “One Line A Day Mother’s Happiness Journal”. I shall have to read the book too! 🙂

  5. April K.

    I listen to her “Happier” podcast but I didn’t realize it was a book! I’m probably going to pick up the book!

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