On of my favorite books from last year was Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project
, in which Gretchen tried out a bunch of different old and new techniques for becoming happier and reported on the results (see my review here
). The book was a huge hit, and her web site
based on the book has taken on a life of its own.
Today, the paperback edition of The Happiness Project came out, and I asked Gretchen if she could tell me a bit about the new material, as well as what she's learned since the hardback came out:
The paperback has additional material -- among other things, a call-out
to email me for a starter-kit, for people doing happiness-projects together,
in a group.
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It has really surprised me -- and been very gratifying -- to hear how many
people have started their own happiness projects after reading the book.
Even more surprising is the fact that so many people want to start or join a
group in which they work on their happiness projects, together. I myself
didn't do this, but I think it's a great idea! Just being part of a group
helps make people happier, and being in a group helps give people the
accountability necessary to make change. Groups like Weight Watchers or AA
are examples of how helpful the support of a group can be.
Often these groups already know each other; for instance, I heard about a
group of nurses doing it together, and a Bible study group that wanted to do
it, and a family that was going to do it. Sometimes, people start these
groups with strangers -- say, on Meetup or through other ways.
I also included a book group guide. I love books group and am in
four book groups myself (excessive, I know!) so it has been thrilling to
think that my book is being discussed in book groups!
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