The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project written by Gretchen Rubin is about Rubin’s journey to find happiness.  Even though Rubin explains that she was not depressed, she still wanted to improve her life and be able to say that she is completely happy with all the aspects of it. To help her become more happy with her life she came up with resolutions that she would follow everyday in order to do so. These resolutions include her Twelve Commandments and the Secrets of Adulthood. The resolutions were the things that she chooses to live by because she believes that they will help change her life for the better. Some of the resolutions include “Let it go, Be polite and fair, People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you do and By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished”(p.10-11). Towards the end of the year Rubin did struggle with keeping and successfully following her resolutions because she felt that she was not getting happier. However she tries harder to follow her resolutions and did and by doing so she did achieve happiness. “Even if I didn’t do a perfect job with my resolutions, I did do better, and the more I kept my resolutions , the happier I was(p.287). Everything is not perfect and Rubin insists on trying and that in turn improves her life and the way that she looks at different things. She also explains that what makes her really happy is refraining from nagging, drinking and gossiping among other things. She cut certain things out of her life that she suspects is hurting her and lives by her resolutions which helps her become more content and appreciative of the  different things in her life.

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