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Book Review & Discussion : The Happiness Project, Tenth Anniversary Edition

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

About this event

In this event, you’ll learn



  • Which phrases you can use as a baseline for your own happiness experiments
  • How a pedometer can boost your happiness
  • Why happiness rubs off
  • How to double the joy of tidying up
  • What happens when your job is your favorite thing to do
  • How to figure out what your hobbies actually should be
  • Why confronting death makes you happier



About the Author


I’m the author of the New York Times bestsellers “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 happiness, habits, and human nature. My next book will hit the shelves in summer 2017: “The Four Tendencies: The Surprising Truth about the Four Hidden Personality Types That Drive Everything We Do.”

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. I wrote “Profane Waste” in 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.


Learn how to start your own journey towards happiness

What is the greatest good in life? For thousands of years, philosophers and other intellectuals have tackled this question. Most of them, including Aristotle, declared that happiness was the summum bonum, that it is the sense and purpose of the entire human existence.

Gretchen Rubin, the author of this book decided to perform an extensive research on the topic of happiness. She also mixed in her personal experiences and found that there are ways to enhance happiness. More specifically, she divided the different factors contributing to happiness like this.

Structuring time
Money and vitality

Gretchen launched her happiness project and learned many interesting things along the way. She realized for example that by sticking to pre-established basic principles she was able to reduce negative feelings and by paying more attention to well being and health, she became consequently happier. Here are some of the lessons we can learn from her so that we too, can become happier.

Make good resolutions and take small steps

It can be daunting to people to think about this abstract concept of happiness. That’s why Gretchen adopted a simple strategy, she applied simple principles using the motto: “Change your life without changing your life”, and other phrases like “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while”, “you don’t need to be good at everything”, “you don’t need to be good at everything”, “Be Gretchen!” and “do it now!”

Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, October 3, 2021, 1:00 - 4:00 pm