Anyone else watch The Oscars last night? I admit I ended up falling asleep around 10:30 because Zach and I were so tired from the weekend but I was hoping to find out if Leo won and eeeeks, he did. My heart strings swoon a little too much for that man and bring back so many memories of 5th grade and hanging pictures of him in my room. Guilty. Onto a busy day and sharing my review of our first book club novel, The Happiness Project.
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,
When I first began the book I was initially exited because so many of you have said great things about the novel being that it was a part memoir and part self- help. How inspiring and personal Gretchen gets with her readers because ultimately everyone just wants to be happier in their life. I really enjoyed the small points she would make throughout her 12 month journey of bettering herself. Plus, this girl does a lot of research and I found myself laughing or intrigued by her tid bits of information she’d sneak in ( like how a 6 second hug is enough to reduce stress! ).
I appreciate that she tackles such a simple but complex question of Is it possible to become a happier person ? Is it a meaningful and worthwhile goal? She ends up coming to the conclusion that while we may have a happiness set point and a great deal of our mood can be determined by that to some degree, its under our own control. Ultimately happiness is a universal want, a motivational goal that we strive to perfect day in and day out.
Gretchen is a really likeable woman. I appreciated that while her being honest of having a good life already as it was with a loving husband, 2 kids and a lovely home, she still craved more and more happiness at that. She does tend to nag about herself and crave praise which automatically gave me a personal realization that I am the same way. I always want a gold star and need to control my nagging behavior as well. It gave me a great sense of reflection of how I not only store happiness myself but give it to others and what I want to do to improve my own happiness.
While this book can be pretty controversial for many, I would recommend reading it with an open mind. Gretchen includes a guide for those who want to construct their own happiness plans and directs readers to tools on her website as well. If you’re looking for an engaging, hopeful and encouraging read to start your journey to your own happiness project, this book is key. I can’t wait to read what you all thought of the novel as well!
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