How to Be Happier: My Video Review of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Happiness Project by Gretchen RubinGretchen Rubin had an epiphany one morning – and it wasn’t the good kind.

It was of the what-am-I-doing-with-my-life variety.

She realized she wasn’t happy, and that life was passing her by.

Unlike so many of us who soothe such passing moments of melancholy with food, alcohol or other vices, Rubin decided to do something about it.  And fortunately for the rest of us, she took her readers along for the ride.

Rubin chronicles the next 12 months in which she turned herself into a happiness guinea pig, trying out different life tweaks in an effort to generate more joy in her life.

The difference between Gretchen’s particular flavor of self tune-up and every johnny-come-lately with a blog and a passing understanding of “lifestyle design” is Gretchen really knows how to write about the experience in a moving and heartfelt way.

I usually review books here which are more of a business nature. However, Rubin’s book jumped out at me after I came across her blog and heard her interviewed a few times.

I believe we can’t do our greatest work if we’re truly miserable inside. That’s why this book is a great tool for so many entrepreneurs who spend such vast chunks of time endlessly fiddling with their businesses only to ignore the fundamental overhauls needed on their (human) insides.

Fix those problems, and your business may have a chance. Ignore them at your peril.

Here’s my quick (2 minute, 30 second) video review:

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One final note: As a relatively new parent (my son is 2 years, 5 months old as I write this), Rubin’s wistfulness at the swiftly passing days of her daughter’s childhood really puts a lump in my throat. Trust me – watch this 60-second video “The Years Are Short” and if you aren’t watery-eyed by the end, you can check yourself in to the hospital right now because you are a vampire.

Seriously, I’m talking Night of the Living Dead here. Check your pulse because you probably don’t have one.



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