The Happiness Project

What if you could change your life without really changing your life? On the outside, Gretchen Rubin had it all — a good marriage, healthy children and a successful career — but she knew something was missing. Determined to end that nagging feeling, she set out on a year-long quest to learn how to better enjoy the life she already had.

Each month, Gretchen pursued a different set of resolutions — go to sleep earlier, tackle a nagging task, bring people together, take time to be silly — along with dozens of other goals. She read everything from classical philosophy to cutting-edge scientific studies, from Winston Churchill to Oprah, developing her own definition of happiness and a plan for how to achieve it. She kept track of which resolutions worked and which didn’t, sharing her stories and collecting those of others through her blog (created to fulfill one of March’s resolutions). Bit by bit, she began to appreciate and amplify the happiness in her life.

The Happiness Project is the engaging, relatable and inspiring result of the author’s twelve-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen Rubin’s story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.

The Happiness Project Group at Carleton

Healthy Workplace has started a Happiness Project Group for faculty and staff at Carleton! The group meets regularly to set goals, swap ideas, build enthusiasm, give encouragement, and—perhaps most important—hold each other accountable. Being part of a group is a terrific way to build friendships, have fun, and figure out ways to make yourself happier.

The group meets “formally” monthly to set goals/share progress and “informally” mid-month to catch up. All meetings take place from noon – 1pm.

Upcoming dates:

  • Monday, November 27 – informal group meet-up (481 Library)
  • Friday, December 8 – formal group meeting (481 Library)
  • Friday, January 5 – formal group meeting (482 Library)
  • Monday, January 22 – informal group meet-up (481 Library)
  • Friday, February 2 – formal group meeting (482 Library)
  • Friday, March 2 – formal group meeting (482 Library)
  • Monday, April 2 – formal group meeting (482 Library)
  • Friday, April 27 – formal group meeting (482 Library)

Join the Group

If you’re interested in joining Carleton’s Happiness Project Group, please email Samantha Munro, Healthy Workplace Co-ordinator.