Five Minute Review: The Happiness Project

I set myself a 2017 goal of reading 52 books in a year. The aim of this goal was primarily to get me just reading more, even when I didn’t particularly feel like it. I have to say I’ve been struggling up until now, as I haven’t read many books recently that have really captured me. However, here’s a good one for ya!

If I had to describe The Happiness Project in five words, it would be:

Easily digestible and actionable wisdom


Gretchen Rubin had a realisation a few years ago whilst on a bus in the middle of a New York rush hour: her life was passing her by. Whilst she had every reason to be happy, she wasn’t always appreciative of what she had in life, and she was half-assing it somewhat. And so she decided to embark on a one-year happiness project, which is the subject of this book. The goal was to see if she could change her life without changing her life. For every month of the year, Gretchen takes you through her focus – be that living simplistically, showing gratitude, eating well or being a better parent.



Although it sounds slightly vapid and superficial, it really does have some learnings about how to live a better and happier life, through small, actionable steps that can have a profound impact.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely! Although… you could just listen to her podcast.
Marks out of 10: 8
That’s it folks!
What should be the next book on my list? 

Lots of love,



4 thoughts on “Five Minute Review: The Happiness Project”

  1. I read Happiness Project too! Definitely an nice smooth read that left me with a positive feeling. Right now I’m reading “Drop Dead Healthy”, so far so good.


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