Book Review: The Happiness Project

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Book Review: The Happiness Project

This blog was written by Alexandra Attala, our Campus Ambassador from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The college years are the best years of your life. As a sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles I can definitely agree with that mantra. While I am busy with school activities, classes, and my sorority life I am loving every minute of my college experience. So when I first picked up Gretchen Rubin’s novel The Happiness Project, I never expected make such a connection with the book.

While sitting on a city bus, Rubin suddenly had an epiphany. She loved her everyday life, but realized time was passing and she was not focusing enough on the thing that mattered most. After this revelation, Rubin dedicated one year to her happiness project. For the next twelve months, she applied teachings from popular culture, current scientific evidence, and old wisdom to learn about happiness.

This novel made me think about my college experience from a new perspective. I want to make the most out of every moment and focus on my personal happiness. One of Rubin’s Splendid Truths is “the days are long, but the years are short”. It always amazes me how fast the year passes. It feels like yesterday that I graduated from high school or that I started my first year of college. As a college student, I sometimes feel that my days are not long enough! I have so many extracurricular activities and classes to attend, while trying to complete all my homework and have a social life. Rubin made me realize that by slowing down and enjoying each moment, it will help to make me happier.

Not every topic in this book is relatable to college students. However, Rubin offers many different and unique ideas that could easily be incorporated into any person’s life. For example, during the month of January, Rubin focused on “Boosting Energy.” By acting more energetic, exercising, and getting more sleep, she felt better about herself. If more college students embraced these resolutions, they too might feel the benefits Rubin experienced.

I would recommend this book to college students. Rubin supports her arguments well and the book is enlightening. While every topic may not apply to a college student, her approach to the topic of happiness is refreshing and interesting.

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