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Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany on a wet afternoon on a city bus, of all places. She realized, “The days are long, but the years are short.” “Time is flying by, and I’m not paying attention to the things that truly matter.” She made the decision at that point to devote a year to her happiness project.
Rubin narrates her travels during the twelve months she spent testing the wisdom of the ages, contemporary scientific studies, and teachings from popular culture about how to be happier in this vibrant and fascinating account—now updated with additional information by the author. She discovered, among other things, that novelty and challenge are significant sources of happiness; that money, when spent carefully, may help buy happiness; that outside order contributes to inner calm; and that even the tiniest changes can make a big impact.
This revised edition includes the following:
- A fresh interview with the author is available.
- Stories of other people’s life-changing happiness initiatives
- A listing of the dozens of free resources available to readers.
- Manifesto of the Happiness Project
An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin’s best-selling book The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life (and Others’ Lives) Better
Table of Contents
Summary of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin Pdf
Lesson 1: Clutter is a pain in both the mind and the body, therefore tidy up your house and your mind.
Gretchen began by examining her health, or “energy,” as she refers to it in her life. Why? Because there’s no way in hell you’ll be joyful if you’re sick in bed.
Gretchen discovered that clutter weighed heavily on her, in addition to the more traditional things like getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating well. Not only does managing your household take up to 50% more time when it’s messy, but all of the unused garbage also consumes mental energy because every object has a place within your head.
I can attest to this after selling all of my video games and 75% of my old clothes. When you declutter your home, you’ll notice a significant reduction in tension in your mind, which will help you take the next step — mentally sweeping the floor.
Although digital to-do lists and note-taking software are useful, they have one major drawback: there is no storage limit. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever overloaded an Evernote file or a Trello board with things you couldn’t possible do.
The Zeigarnik effect, which makes your brain nag you about any incomplete activity, even if it was started years ago, causes the stress. Gretchen was able to get rid of a lot of mental clutter with little effort by getting rid of notes about old projects she’d never do or eventually ticking off simple items like backing up her computer.
Lesson 2: These are two excellent foundations on which to build a successful relationship.
It was difficult to condense these into a single headline, so here are two of Gretchen’s relationship principles:
You can only alter yourself; you can’t change your partner.
What you do every day is more important than what you do occasionally.
Because our brains remember bad occurrences much more quickly and deeply than positive ones, it takes around five positive actions to rectify one negative action in any relationship. As a result, performing less negative things, such as minimizing fighting and quitting fussing, is a terrific strategy to improve your relationships.
Gretchen realized she was nagging and moaning a lot to her spouse, but once she stopped, she felt happier – even if her husband hadn’t changed. When you concentrate on what you can change, you address the source of the problem: your own behaviors and attitudes.
Gretchen started doing more random acts of kindness for her husband, with small gestures and gifts, because she understood that these “daily niceties” mattered more than major gifts once a year.
Lesson 3: Finances are similar to health.
Money is similar to health in that it cannot be purchased, but whomever has the most of it wins. Ha! Gotcha. Did you truly believe her when she said that? What Gretchen actually says about money is this:
Money is similar to health in that it does not ensure happiness, but not having to worry about it makes life much easier.
I like that Gretchen consciously observed this area, because even if you take a conservative view, given her multiple bestseller status, she is in that circumstance and went out of her way to explore it when she wasn’t.
We know that $75,000 per year in the United States will provide you everything you need and more. More than that will just slightly improve your happiness. We also know that buying a lot of items won’t make you happy in the long run because your happiness level will always return to its baseline.
Gretchen, on the other hand, believes that if you spend your money well and make a few, well-targeted purchases, the short burst of euphoria you experience is not only genuine, but also leads to a sense of growth. Furthermore, if you utilize the buy on a regular basis and in the proper manner, it can prolong your enjoyment.
Gretchen, for example, spent a lot of money on a food processor but now uses it every day to prepare great smoothies for herself and her family, which improves her health, allows her to connect with her husband and daughters, and makes her happy.
About the Author
Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential and thought-provoking writers on the topics of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s written several books, including the New York Times bestsellers Happier at Home and The Happiness Project. Rubin has a large following both in print and online; her books have sold over a million copies in over thirty languages, and she writes about her adventures in the quest of habits and happiness on her famous daily blog. Rubin began her legal career as a clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor before deciding she wanted to be a writer. Her husband and two daughters reside with her in New York City.