The Happiness Project: How You Can Become Happier

The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin Marcin Rzucidlo Life Puzzle Coach

It’s a strange story.

I came across Gretchen Rubin in one of the podcasts I listened to original site. She had just launched her book Better Than Before, but she mentioned also her previous one: The Happiness Project.

As happiness is a subject of much interest to me, it drew my attention and as Grethech Rubin made an excellent impression, The Happiness Project landed on my to-read-list.

Reading one book a week, I make my “this week reading” choices on Sunday. And for a couple of weeks The Happiness Project was coming close second. All this time I felt some strange attraction to this book, yet bizarre resistance to hit the “Buy now with 1-Click” button.

Until one day…

I was sitting at my desk writing when something caught my attention. This was the spine of a book sitting on a shelf above. It read: The Happiness Project.

I do believe in the law of attraction (with its variation), but it seemed too strange.

I asked my wife where the book came from and she said we got it from a friend of ours back in 2010 when we were in New York.

For six years, this book has been sitting on my shelf, before I was ready to read it… before I was ready to even see it.

The teacher will appear when the student is ready.

I do not write about all the books I read. This one deserves its spot.

It is a marvelous blend of research on happiness, everyday life stories (to many of which I can relate) and practical tips on what you can do to become happier.
As Gretchen Rubin put it, everyone’s path to happiness can be different, but why not have this book as a great inspiration and tips that fit into four keys to the Life Puzzle I teach:

  1. Mindset (what you think about life and happiness)
  2. Vision (what you want as the manifestation of happiness in your life)
  3. Habits (what you do to be and feel happier) and
  4. Skills (how well you do what you do to be and feel happier)

The Happiness Project is a kind of memoir of a twelve month physical, mental, emotional and spiritual journey to being happier. Each month touches a specific area that makes a crucial piece of the Happiness Puzzle (if I may put it so):

  1. Vitality
  2. Marriage
  3. Work
  4. Parenthood
  5. Leisure
  6. Friendship
  7. Money
  8. Eternity
  9. Books
  10. Mindfulness
  11. Attitude
  12. Happiness

Each of the months/chapters gives you a broad view (so you are aware), insights (so you understand) and practical tips (so you can make it work for you) on becoming happier in each of them, and as a result of that in your life as a whole.

And that’s not only the destination that matters, but the journey as well.

One thing to make you happier

If I were to pick one thing (out of a thousand) from the book that resonated with me the most and that can inspire you to grab it, it would be the Second Splendid Truth (there are four altogether).

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.

One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

If you knew that someone can possibly help you become happier, would you give them a chance to share it with you? Well… now you have this chance.

Make a happy day 🙂

– Marcin

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