Essay about Happiness: Happiness and Gretchen Rubin

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The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin has indulged into some topics that are essential the essence and purpose of the English Composition I class; she has made herself known worldwide and is considered to be a great author, including a #1 New York Times and International bestseller. This bestseller is a book she wrote, The Happiness Project, includes an account of a whole year she spent studying human behavior: the wisdom of ages, how scientific studies has affected one’s happiness, the way pop culture has integrated itself into our society and its affects, along with many other aspects of a humans happiness. Her “counter-intuitive” thoughts and views have caught many readers eyes and is changing many people’s mindsets of true happiness. Rubin’s project all started on an ordinary afternoon when she was simply looking out of the window and observing a city bus. She then started to think of what exactly her purpose in life was as well as what made her happy and what she was doing to improve herself and her life every day; in that moment, Rubin decided to committed a whole year to her happiness project, dedicating each month to complete a specific task and set of revolutions. In the beginning of her book, she mentioned that “the days are long, but the years are short”, which I find so unbelievably true; we, as humans, often complain about our long days after long days yet we look back and realize how fast time actually went, some having more regrets than others. I truly believe that Rubin’s main point with this statement is that it is important to seize the day or as many would like to say, carpe diem, which is Latin for “seize the day”. She related the importance of making the most of our time and working on improving ourselves every day. Gretchen Rubin admitted immediately that she was surrounded by things that made her happy; however, she didn’t seem to be always happy. She decided to “make changes in her life without making changes in her life” as Rubin would put it. She has recorded these changes and experiences and has shown success in her book, advising and encouraging individuals to look within themselves, finding their internal happiness. In one of many sections of her book on how to become a happier person, Rubin noticed that she would often have one or a few small tasks hanging over her head that needed to be completed but would put them off and procrastinate, causing her to mental energy to be corrupted more than she realized. She labeled this section “Tackling a Nagging Task”; she mentioned how when she finally decided to stop putting off those little side tasks and getting the simple things done first released so much stress for her as well as supplied her with all the mental energy she was losing before constantly worrying about the little tasks. Rubin’s advice throughout the chapter was repeatedly the idea of getting the simple tasks done earlier in order to prevent procrastination, avoid the loss of mental energy, and adding more room to get other things done. Later on in the book, she begins to discuss the idea of finding things that make us happy and pursuing them; she states that it is important to find this passion and dig deep and build on it. Whatever it may be, she recommends chasing the passion with ambiguous tasks that supply spiritual happiness and personal reward. One aspect of Rubin’s ideas that are counter-intuitive to many people’s beliefs yet I find very interesting is the idea that money cannot