“The Happiness Project”

I picked up a book recently, “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, where she documents her year spent on the subject of happiness, and ways you can make your life…well…happy, or happier.  I’ve really been enjoying it, and some of the things (like organizing and getting your living space uncluttered) are things I have been doing already.  I wanted to share these lists:


People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think.

It’s okay to ask for help.

Most decisions don’t require extensive research.

Do good, feel good.

It’s important to be nice to everyone.

Bring a sweater.

By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.

Soap and water remove most stains.

Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes a glitch.

If you can’t find something, clean up.

You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.

Happiness doesn’t always make you happy.

What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.

You don’t have to be good at everything.

If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.

Over-the-counter medicines are very effective.

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you–and vice versa.

People actually prefer that you buy wedding gifts off their registry.

You can’t profoundly change your children’s natures by nagging them or signing them up for classes.

No deposit, no return.


1. Be Gretchen (Be Yourself)

2. Let it go.

3. Act the way I want to feel.

4. Do it now.

5. Be polite and be fair.

6. Enjoy the process.

7. Spend out.

8. Identify the problem.

9. Lighten up.

10. Do what ought to be done.

11. No calculation.

12. There is only love.



2 thoughts on ““The Happiness Project”

  1. I am really enjoying it! My mind works a lot like hers, it seems. I crave organization and cleanliness whenever I get overwhelmed. I am reading it so slowly, though, since I don’t open it until I’m in bed at night. I get through a couple of pages and I can’t focus anymore.

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