- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper; Auflage: International (25. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062105248
- ISBN-13: 978-0062105240
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,3 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 17 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.430 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Happiness Project (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Oktober 2011
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“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read. . . . Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin’s] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor.” (Terry Hong, Christian Science Monitor)
“For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin’s book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written. . . . Rubin takes an orderly, methodical approach to forging her own path to a happier state of mind.” (Kim Crow, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“Practical and never preachy . . . the rare self-help tome that doesn’t feel shameful to read.” (Daily Beast)
“Packed with fascinating facts about the science of happiness and rich examples of how she improves her life through changes small and big The Happiness Project made me happier by just reading it.” (Amy Scribner, Bookpage)
Award-winning author Gretchen Rubin is back with a bang, with The Happiness Project. The author of the bestselling 40 Ways to Look at Winston Churchill has produced a work that is "a cross between the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love." (Sonya Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want) In the vein of Julie and Julia, The Happiness Project describes one person's year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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She's not miserable when she starts, she's not depressed, she has a law degree, she seems to be very well connected, her husband didn't just leave her for a 20 something hardbody, she is definitely not strapped for cash, doesn't seem to have gone through any severe emotional trauma, did not serve two tours in Iraq, didn't lose a leg or an arm there, she was never gangraped as far as we know, she was never homeless, etc. The worst aspect of her life is that her husband has hepathitis and is almost certain to have a failing liver at some point in his life, but it's all under control so far. In short, you would assume she's already quite happy. She's isn't apparently, and there's no harm in trying to find out how to get more happiness. It's a human drive to always want a little bit more.
People sort of attack her for 'indulging' in a first world project such as this. You can guess the arguments: how can you do this when so many children are starving? Her answer is quite good: happy people give more, make other people happy, have more energy to focus on others. She is unperturbed by these critics and sticks to her project.
0047774b7c27784f96e318362732b017A good 'trick' she discovers is keeping score of virtues you want to develop or live by. She gets the idea from Benjamin Franklin. You draw up a list of qualities or virtues you want to have and each night you check if you stuck to them. You can see Franklin's virtues in the picture.
She also has a list of personal rules she lives by or tries to live by. All things that Gretchen Rubin and I have in common. Even as a child I was sort of obsessed with making a rulebook for myself that would make me feel easier about my life. I never quite got there and I'm still adapating them. Some things have been become written in stone though. Such as the six human needs.
The author discovers several things about happiness. Her biggest insights are pointing towards these six human needs as formulated by Tony Robbins, only she never discovers all six.
I would say, based on this books and many others, you become happier by growing, learning things (growth) , a certain form of control over your life and daily surroundings (certainty), having a little fun (variety), interacting with people who share your interests (connection), helping others (contribution) and by feeling good about what you do in life (significance). She basically stumbles upon the six human needs, without spelling them out.
The book is well-written, though the style is nothing special, it makes for easy reading. Something odd is that she NEVER MENTIONS SEX. Gretchen Rubin is either asexual, which is fine, or a terrible prude, or a marketing genius and sells these books mainly to prude, puritanian America (very likely) or doesn't want to embarass prude family members. At some point in the book she has a project in which she picks up three magazines, blind. To discover new things. When she picks up a porn magazine, she instantly puts it back. She does go home with a magazine about horse breeding. If you're going to pick up three random magazines, don't put the porn mag back. She might have actually discovered something new.
I was sort of underwhelmed by the whole book, but I was prepared for her 'goody goody the worst that can happen in my life is that my husband doesn't respond when I'm sharing my day with him attitude'. I've read one of her other books, 'Better than before', but still, amputating the entire aspect of sex in a happiness project is a pretty invasive procedure. I think the majority of people need at least a little sex to feel happier. It's sort of a big deal. Well, perhaps she ranked it with food and breathing air, just basic needs not worth mentioning.
All in all it's certainly not a bad book, her systematic approach is energizing, I think you can find quite a bit of inspiration here to launch your own happiness project. It did one thing for me: it stopped making me feel guilty about wanting to be happy even though as we speak there are refugee children drowning off the coasts of Greece and Italy, as if my being sad saves anything or anyone.
What I didn't like was the quality of the writing, and that I found her personally unsympathetic - way too self absorbed and in need of 'gold stars' or crossing things off a list to feel happpy - (I detect an inner core of dissatisfaction that no amount of gold stars will satisfy) - but am happy to have benefited from her ambitions.
Oder wenn jemand schreibt, dass man sich ein Jahr Zeit nehmen will um u.a. Aristoteles zu lesen, dann denkt man doch irgendwie automatisch an einen gestressten Menschen, der irgendwann "Stop" sagt, sich in den Park oder mit einer Tasse Kaffee auf die Couch setzt und eben auf ein Mal beginnt sich über den Sinn oder dergleichen zu beschäftigen.
Diese und andere Dinge, die ich mir von dem Buch erhofft hatte, wurden allesamt nicht erfüllt. Ich wurde überrascht mit einem Einblick in das Leben einer Person, die mich nicht im geringsten interessiert. Warum? Weil keinerlei "Konflikt" aufgezeigt wird, der angegangen oder bewältigt wurde.
Ich muss allerdings eingestehen, dass dieses Buch bei mir Konflikte ausgelöst hat. Je weiter das Lesezeichen gewandert ist, desto eher hätte ich das Buch gerne gegen die Wand gepfeffert, weil es einfach so langweilig und nichtssagend ist... Bei der Hälfte habe ich aufgegeben. Ich hoffe, ich habe damit nicht die große Erkenntnis verpasst.
Der 1 Stern sagt laut Amazon "I hate it". Das ist sehr treffend.
Wenn jemand das Buch haben will, ich verschenke es gerne.
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