The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Written by:
Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by:
Gretchen Rubin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2009
9 hours 53 minutes
#1 New York Times Bestseller

“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read. . . . Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin’s] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor.” —Christian Science Monitor

Gretchen Rubin’s year-long experiment to discover how to create true happiness. Drawing on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world examples, Rubin delivers an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

As an added bonus, this recording includes a sampling of Gretchen’s podcast, Happier With Gretchen Rubin. In this episode, ''Choose the Bigger Life,'' Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, discuss happiness, good habits, and whether Gretchen is going to get a dog.
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Casey G.

I absolutely loved this book to start off 2021. It’s less self-help in feeling because Gretchen reflects on her own experiences instead of telling the reader what to do. I loved going on the journey with her, and indeed feel a little happier myself. I can definitely see myself coming back to this book in the future.

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Victoria perdomo

Loved it! I listen to it in the morning and it helped putting my thoughts into perspective. My daughter also enjoyed it- she's 9yrs old.

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Jane A

This is an interesting book that has a lot of little tidbits that can be added to your life to make you happier. While everyone won't dedicate a whole year to a happiness project, others will benefit from the little things. Also I've just subbed to Gretchen's podcast.

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Chryssa A.

The many facets of happiness through Gretchen's eyes. Very enjoyable to listen one can find inspiration to try little practices in everyday life that can only be useful.

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