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[*Read by the author - Gretchen Rubin]

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 of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she 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.

Rubin didn't have the option to uproot herself, nor did she really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts -- from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama -- to see what worked for her . . . and what didn't.

Her conclusions are sometimes surprising: she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that ''treating'' yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn't relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference -- and they range from the practical to the profound.

Written and read with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.



About the Author

Gretchen Rubin

I'm the author of "The Happiness Project," "Happier at Home," and "Better Than Before." I write about my experiences as I test-drive the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happy, to see what really worked. Happily, all three books became New York Times bestsellers. My newest book about the Four Tendencies, releases September 2017.

I also have a popular, award-winning podcast, "Happier with Gretchen Rubin" (search in your favorite podcast app) and a blog (GretchenRubin.com) , where I write about my daily adventures in happiness and habit-formation.

My previous books include a bestselling biography of Winston Churchill, "Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill," and one of John Kennedy, "Forty Ways to Look at JFK." My first book, "Power Money Fame S..: A User's Guide," is social criticism in the guise of a user's manual. "Profane Waste" was a collaboration with artist Dana Hoey. I've also written three dreadful novels that are safely locked away in a drawer.

Before turning to writing, I had a career in law. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, I clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. I live in New York City with my husband and two daughters.



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