The Happiness Project Summary

Gretchen Rubin
- 2009
This book is good to read when you feel happy, sad, excited, grateful.

Key Takeaways

  1. Happiness is derived from both the pursuit and attainment of goals that increase well-being.
  2. Small, manageable changes in daily routines can lead to significantly happier states of mind.
  3. Self-awareness and self-reflection are crucial for identifying what truly brings joy to one's life.
  4. Sharing happiness with others can amplify one's own experience of joy.
  5. The journey to happiness is as much about appreciating the present as it is about striving for future goals.


Rubin uses each month of the year to focus on a different aspect of her life that she wants to improve, using specific, measurable resolutions.

The book blends personal anecdotes with research and wisdom from philosophy and psychology to provide a comprehensive look at the everyday components of happiness.

Readers are encouraged to undertake their own happiness projects, with practical advice on how to set goals and foster habits that increase life satisfaction.

'The Happiness Project' combines the personal with the universal, providing a relatable and actionable plan for enhancing daily life in pursuit of happiness.

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