Review of The Happiness Project / What Makes Me Happy?


After recently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin I realized that I am generally HAPPY most of the time.


If you have not read this book you must read it to realize at what level you can be happy.  Gretchen takes you through a whole year in her life talking about how she deals with daily issues that can disgruntle most of us.  She lists her objectives and goals for each month of the year and how she meets them or tries to.  She learns some new things about herself and becomes aware of how she can be happy if she sets her mind to it.  You will laugh out load about some of the obstacles she encounters and how she skirts around sensitive issues with her husband and his parents.  You will feel sympathy and empathy at the same time and will cheer her on as she works to reach her resolutions.

I found this an entertaining and informative and eye opening narrative of this author’s year in search of happiness.  Thank you Gretchen!

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This book has certainly helped me realize that only I can make myself happy.  It has become my main goal each day to think of happy thoughts and list things that remind me of why I am happy.

One of these is the following note that my youngest grandson wrote to me on a recent visit.  It made me extremely exuberant with happiness and I gave him the biggest hug with tears in my eyes.  He is so sweet!

Joey note

In case you can’t read it, it says, ‘By Joey  To Gramy

I love you. You make toys for us.  You make food for us.  Thank you for everything.’

Is that not the sweetest thing you have ever read?  I just love it!  I will keep it on my refrigerator forever!

My Happiness Resolutions!

Be happy by appreciating each day that I have.

Be happy by appreciating my husband and my family and friends who love me.

Be happy by making other people happy with some gestures of support.

Be happy by sharing what I have with less fortunate.

Be happy by complaining less and being positive more.

What are your resolutions?  Care to share?


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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Review of The Happiness Project / What Makes Me Happy?

  1. Janice, your grandson’s note is adorable! I do think we create our own happiness. It’s important to think positively, help others and be as generous as possible. I think you must also surround yourself with people who have similar goals and outlooks as you do. You don’t want to be smothered by those who have nothing but negative words That only creates doubts and problems for you.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you Deanie. He is the sweetest little boy! I love him so much as I do all my grandchildren. You are absolutely correct about surrounding yourself with positive, like minded people. That is why I have you as a friend. There is no one out there who is more positive and kind then you. Thank you for your friendship and unending support!

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