Should You Start A Happiness Project?

Alright, the cat is out of the bag I suppose. I am a giant book nerd. In the last year and a half I have read 117 books. I often get asked “How do you find the time!?” Well, I will explain that in another post. My second most asked question is, “What books do you recommend?” I could recommend SO MANY books, but I’ll start with my recommendations for one of my favorite genres: Self Help.  Self Help books can get a pretty bad reputation of being corny, but I find them to be a helpful map to happiness and peace in the midst of chaos. Here are some of my must reads:

  • You Are A Badass
  • The Untethered Soul
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • Tiny Beautiful Things
  • Self Compassion
  • Big Magic

Although, one book to me stands out above the rest, possibly because I love challenging myself and setting goals. That book is “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.

I’m sure you’ve seen the cover of this book at every Barnes and Noble, and I’m sure, just like I did, you’ve passed it by without giving it a good look. I’ve made my way through a lot of self improvement books, so I finally caved and decided it was time to give this one a try.

The premise: Gretchen decided that for each month of the year she would focus on one goal that she believed might enrich her life. She would spend that month putting her time and energy into that one area. At the end of the year, she wanted to see if she was any happier. Spoiler alert: It worked. She found happiness.

It’s one of those books that makes you feel like you can do anything. Start over. Pursue your dream. Become a person you actual like.

I immediately started my own happiness project, and I am currently on month two. I’ll be documenting my happiness project on here and letting you in on my process. In no particular order, here are my monthly goals.

  • Friendship
  • Overall Wellness(mind, body, soul)
  • Gratitude
  • Finances
  • Writing
  • Try new things/hobbies
  • Marriage
  • Kindness
  • Forgiveness
  • Get involved in the community
  • Spirituality
  • Positive words

If you have limited time and can only read one book, I highly recommend reading this and investing in yourself. Whenever a new year rolls around, many people make a long list of things that they want for the coming year. Somehow we are confused as to why we become resolution drop outs within the first month. Perhaps, it’s because we are trying to tackle 20 things all at once. We finally give up and say, “Eh, there is always next year.”

I love Gretchen Rubin’s approach because it is about focusing on one thing at a time. It is about pouring all of yourself into whatever month you are in.  What are some of your dreams? Will you take the challenge and start your own happiness project? Comment and let me know what some of your monthly goals might be!


  1. The only goal I have right now to help me with my happiness is to spend more time with God. (Start reading the bible regularly again, spend more time sitting/listening for him)

  2. Thank you for the recommendation. I am a huge book nerd myself. 😁 This post also has me wanting to start my own happiness project.

  3. This is awesome! Before I read this, I actually wrote down a list of things I would like to accomplish within the next couple of years! And it made it more real and had made me feel more driven to achieve those goals. I’ll be posting those list one day! I love You are a Badass Book by the way, so I’m totally going to try to read all the books you mentioned!

  4. Reblogged this on Mystkl Journey and commented:
    How incredible! I have just found this author on a blog through Healthful Pursuit and now I find she has a book of the exact journey that I am starting! I am looking forward to the manual on the happiness journey. Thank you Magic in the everyday for this prior blog!!

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