Genre: nonfiction, psychology
Length: 296 pages
Interest: I’ve been reading her blog for a while and decided it was time to actually read her first book.
Summary: Gretchen decided to spend a year trying to be happier. Each month, she focused on a different aspect of her life, including boosting energy, remembering love, aiming higher, lighten up, be serious, about play, make time for friends, buy some happiness, contemplate the heavens, pursue a passion, pay attention, and keep a contented heart. In December, she tried to put all her resolutions in play at once. She did find that her happiness increased, even if her free time decreased, and came up with several Splendid Truths.
Final thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and have decided to incorporate some of her changes into my own life. Even though everything she did won’t work for me, it showed a process and made me more conscious of my happiness and how my happiness affects those around me. I know things are a lot easier to deal with when I’m happy, so I’m going to make an effort to incorporate actions that improve my happiness into my life.
With Gretchen’s writing style, you’re drawn right into her life (to the point where it feels more comfortable to refer to her by her first name instead of her last). One of the points she makes is her journey won’t necessarily work for anyone else, but seeing the journey is helpful. She’s all about the contradictions in life!
Title comes from: It’s a description of the book’s subject.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none because this is a review of a book read in a previous year.
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