Created on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:00
Written by Enilyn Eng
Always wondered how to attain happiness or you just want to make yourself happier? Check out The Happiness Project by US-based writer Gretchen Rubin, who spent a year dedicated to testing different happiness theories, both old-time folklore as well as scientific research, in the pursuit of happiness.
Rubin is not clinically depressed; in fact, she has a happy family and a relatively successful career in New York, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But the random thought of how to be happier struck her while on a trip on the city bus begun this little project that branched off into a comprehensive research and practice of the topic.
Coming up with a list of measurable goals in various aspects of life, she works on them slow and steadily, and at each step chronicling and relating her feelings and lessons learnt from her journey to be happier with wit and wisdom.
Some of the interesting insights she shares in The Happiness Project include the discovery that money can buy happiness but only when spent wisely; change and challenge can be rewarding; and venting your anger does not necessarily make you happier.
More than just a day or two of reading, the inspirational book with a touches of honesty and humour sparked off a movement, the Happiness Project groups, where people gather to discuss their own pursuit of happiness all over the world. Check out the author's website to find the closest group near you and work towards a happier, more fulfilling life! Related link: The Happiness Project website