Join us for a discussion of Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.
In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Rather than uprooting herself, the author focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about the results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts, from Epicurus to Thoreau, Oprah to the Dalai Lama – to see what worked for her, and what didn’t.
Would like to start your own happiness project? Following our book discussion, we will meet monthly to discuss our personal resolutions. Being part of a group is a terrific way to build friendships, have fun, and figure out ways to make yourself happier. We’ll swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and—perhaps most importantly—hold each other accountable.
February 3, 6:30–8 pm: Book discussion
February 10, 6:30–8 pm: Making resolutions
March 3, 6:30–8 pm : Personal commandments
April 7, 6:30–8pm: Inspiration
May 5, 6:30–8 pm: Happy memories