- Gretchen Rubin's "The Happiness
Project" tells of her year testing happiness tactics
released in January, was No. 1 on New York Times' self-help best-seller
- In her project, Rubin made resolutions based on her goals
and research, kept track
Happiness Project," published in January, the writer and former clerk
for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor tells how she read about what scientific
studies, philosophers and others said about finding happiness. Based on
that research and her desires, she crafted resolutions that she tried
over the course of a year.
Each month had a new theme (such as
friendship or marriage), associated resolutions (be generous, fight the
right way) and a chart to keep daily track of whether she hit her marks.
Planning how to make herself happy and keeping score, she says, made
her happier without overhauling her life, which included her husband and
She began her project at 39. She realized that
although her life was good, she wasn't as happy as she could be and was
running out of time to learn how to be so.
"I realized if I wanted
things to be different, I needed to make them different. They weren't
going to just change on their own," the New York City resident, now 44,
said last week.
She says her blog and her book are intended to
inspire others to do their own happiness projects. CNN talked to Rubin
about which happiness tactic surprised her, how her book compares with
other happiness titles and the acquaintance who told her the book
wouldn't work. Below are excerpts from that interview: