Happiness Project


Welcome to our ‘Happiness Project’ for 2023!

What is the Happiness Project? The Happiness Project is the bestselling book by Gretchen Rubin. It is a memoir of the author’s year-long experiment to see if she could maximize her happiness without making any drastic changes.

Did it Work? Yes! This is how the author sums it up, “To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.” The book shows simple actionable ways to do this, and it was a New York Times bestseller for two years. It has encouraged many thousands of people to follow the project themselves.

What is in The Book? How Will it Work for Us? Each chapter of the book – one for each month – focuses on a different aspect of life and the small changes that can increase our happiness. We will read a chapter a month and then meet the following month and discuss how we got on. Everyone’s experience of the Happiness Project will be different, but it should make for a fantastic group project!

Find out more about the Happiness Project, here: https://gretchenrubin.com/books/the-happiness-project/

How Do I Take Part? Our first meeting for Chapter One – January, will be on Friday, 6th January at 10am. If you think you would like to join us, please get in touch with us at: sunflowersaturdays@hotmail.com or contact Anzhela on the Ukrainian Viber group chat. Our group is friendly and meetings are free, with tea and coffee provided.

Do I Need to Do Anything Before the First Meeting? No – just get in touch so we know numbers.

You could read the first chapter of the book, if you want to (see link below).

Am I an Upholder, Rebel, Questioner or Obliger?

You might well like to take her ‘Four Tendencies’ personality quiz. https://gretchenrubin.com/quiz/. It’s helpful to know which of the four categories you belong to when thinking about strategies for habit change or meeting goals.

You can read more about this, here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/11/gretchen-rubin-want-to-be-happier-four-tendencies

Do I need the book? Ideally, yes. I will have some secondhand copies of the book available to Ukrainian members for a small donation of around £2. If you like audio books and are new to Audible (audio books), your first book is free. This one is engagingly narrated by the author. Otherwise, it’s available from all the usual places.

Do I Need the Book? Also, no! If you find English too difficult to cope with a book, don’t worry! Join us anyway – there will be a summary provided of the main points each month. Your experience of the project is just as interesting to the group, whether your English is fluent or not!

How can I find out more about the author?

Gretchen Rubin has a strong media presence – two websites, two podcasts, an App and she has written several books. These provide a wealth of fascinating material, including wonderful free resources, but this can all feel quite overwhelming at first. The link is here, if you are interested, but take it gently! https://gretchenrubin.com/about/

After the first session on the 6th January.

If you are happy to get on with the month without further information, scroll down to the printable resources below and … go fo it!!

Printable Resources:

All downloadable resources can be found here, on the main website: https://gretchenrubin.com/resources/

Monthly Resolutions chart: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0579/1006/7389/files/THP_Resolution_Chart_2021.pdf?v=1629833991

Find Out More

If you would like more information, or want to look again at what we have looked at in our first session, you could select from these suggestions, but do not feel you have to. At this stage, ‘less is more‘ is probably very true!

https://gretchenrubin.com/articles/start-your-own-happiness-project/

The Happiness Project Website: https://the-happiness-project.com/

Once here, under the ‘Holiday Gifts’ section, you can click on:

Getting Started / Digital Tools / or Thoughts on Happiness

In the Getting Started section, I find this subsection helpful:

https://the-happiness-project.com/blogs/how-tos/how-to-organize-your-happiness-project

And in the above subsection, these are the links that our Friday session will refer to:

https://the-happiness-project.com/blogs/tools/21-strategies-for-habit-change

https://the-happiness-project.com/blogs/tools/vital-nine-categories-of-habits

https://the-happiness-project.com/blogs/tools/13-tips-for-sticking-to-your-resolutions

In the Digital Tools Section – you can find out more about the Happier App and this guide to the four tendencies mentioned in the meeting:

https://the-happiness-project.com/blogs/tools/four-tendencies-guide

Plus these lists:

https://the-happiness-project.com/blogs/tools/the-eight-splendid-truths-of-happiness

https://the-happiness-project.com/blogs/tools/happiness-manifesto