Summary: Bretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.
I have had this on my list since I first saw this in Borders when the book first came out (Oh Borders, I miss thee). I always liked the idea of this book but have never bought it. Usually I was just browsing, didn’t have enough money, thought it was too expensive, etc. But the latest push for me to read this book was when I ask for recs on GR for books pertaining to a quarter-life crisis. Someone suggested this, even though they said it didn’t directly apply to turning 25.
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