“The Happiness Project”

I read “The Happiness Project” earlier this month, and loved it.

And, now, I have a confession to make.

When my friend Marci first told me about the book a few months ago, and I checked out Gretchen Rubin’s blog; I was jealous!

Big-time jealous.

The green-eyed-monster-was-alive-and-well-in-my-soul jealous.

My psyche ached from my immature response, but none-the-less, I was jealous.

My mind was a cauldron of negative thoughts:

Geez, I’ve been working on my own “happiness project” for 10 years – why didn’t I think of making it a year-long project and writing a book about it?

“Why her, not me?”

“It’s not fair.  I’m a good person.”

(I know my responses were ridiculous, and sound so, so small, but I am hoping my honesty offers at least a thin buffer for my behavior.)

I ruminated a bit more, and that’s when I realized I was scrapping the bottom of my psychic barrel, and knew it was time to get my act together.

So I did.

I ordered her book from the library.

And, as I mentioned; I loved it.

I added it to my list of Books I Recommend, and will be sharing bits of it with you throughout the month of May, because May is my birthday month and I believe birthdays and good books are worth celebrating – all month long!

And, yes, I do know that the best cure for jealousy is to create and live the life I really want.  Thanks for being kind enough not to bring it up or hold it against me for forgetting that.

You really are quite classy!  Have a great day.

8 Responses to ““The Happiness Project””

  1. Move, quick. « Wishful Thinking Works Says:

    […] post about Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project.” (Oops, 5th if you count the first one I wrote announcing I was going to  write about her […]


  2. A RARE approach: “The Happiness Project” « Wishful Thinking Works Says:

    […] so maybe I will try this instead! Okay, I am once again putting words into Gretchen’s head, but she knows what I am up to – so I hoping she doesn’t […]


  3. sherri Says:

    Greetings Patti!
    I see you have a Dress for Sucess Workshop in June. That’s sounds fun. How was the Tea?


    • Patrice Says:

      The Tea was wonderful. Lots of positive responses: click on “4/24 Hyde Park Tea Cottage” under “Speaking Engagements” to see them.

      Love doing the workshops; they are so much fun, and I have met so many great women. Spreading the word about being happier and sharing tips on how to create the life each of us wants, makes me very happy!!!! 🙂

      I am looking forward to Dress for Success and maybe another Tea in June.

      Our birthday month is here – celebrate!


  4. Denise Burks Says:

    Since the creation of pen and paper people have been journaling about their lives and a number of us have been chasing happiness. It is hard not to admire Gretchen’s discipline and marketing prowess!

    I love that underlying message throughout Gretchen’s project is to “start your own project.”

    You are already doing it!

    Love your blog!

    Warmest Regards,

    Denise Burks


    • Patrice Says:

      Thank you, Denise.

      Just saw your comment; it was parked in Spam! So sorry, not to have thanked you sooner.

      Glad you love the blog.

      Will check yours out. Love your “cover story” on your web page.



  5. Gretchen Rubin Says:

    I saw the nice mention of my book, The Happiness Project, here! I very much appreciate those kind words and you shinning a spotlight on my work!! Thanks and best wishes,


    • Patrice Says:

      Thank you, Gretchen. Your book is great, glad you shared your thoughts for so many to read. Love that by tweaking our lives a bit we can all become much happier. Patrice


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