On the 4th day of Christmas... Free Happiness Project 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

Several months ago, Kristin Berkey-Abbott sent me this 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 by Gretchen Rubin to read.

Which I did.

Then I loaned it to my sister and she read it.  Then to a friend and she read it.  Now, I finally have it back and I'm ready to send it to one of you.

What's fun about this book is Kristin left some notes in it. I left some notes in it (my friend and sister did not as they were being respectful to my book), but you are welcome to read it, leave some notes in it and when you are done, pass it on to someone else.

I thought it was a good read, an easy read, and it's one of those DIY memoirs I like where the author takes a project (whether it's doing everything Oprah says: Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk by Robyn Okrant to The Year of Yes by Maria Dahvana Headley who says yes to everything for one year).

Gretchen is trying to find happiness and does quite a lot, even to the point of trying to create a collection of bluebirds (because she heard people that have collections are happier).  There was one point in the book where I just wanted to say, Relax. Enjoy.  It was sort of a realization that she couldn't see the forest for the trees.

Anyhow, I will let you enjoy this book and make your own conclusions.

If you want me to mail you this book (a hardcover even!) to read, leave me a comment in box below anytime from now until December 12th, 2010 with a quick note on what makes you happy and I'll do a random drawing December 13th and mail you out the book.

In peace and happiness and gratitude,



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  2. Wow! I met Gretchen in K.C. at a talk she gave as a featured event at the Kansas City Public Library. She has Kansas City roots which made it more interesting.

    What makes me happy? Poetry readings, author interviews... meeting the minds behind the work.

  3. I like these types of books as well. Your blog makes me happy. It has become one of my favorite on-line finds this year.

  4. i've heard of this book but haven't picked it up yet--seems like a good read

  5. How can I not want to read a book about happiness? Thanks, Kelli for the giveaway of my book as well!

  6. What fun! I do not want to be entered into the contest, since the book has already been at my house, but I wanted to let you know how cool I think it is that you're doing this.

    My goal this year is to purge some of my books . . . you've given me an idea! Perhaps one book give away per week, each week, next year. At least one.

    Thanks! And good luck to all the folks who play!

  7. I would love to read Gretchen's book! I've been following her blog for quite awhile now.

    What makes me happy? My family, poetry and imperfection. :)

  8. Count me in! Who doesn't want (free) happiness?

  9. What makes me happy? Books with prompts,poems,art' and new creative ideas. Free books always make me happy.

  10. What makes me happy? Reading poetry in front of the crackling wood-stove, listening to the rain on the metal roof. I've been interested in this book since I started reading her blog. It'd be great to see your comments in it. Take care, Erin


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