Reviews by bradyemmett
I find Gretchin Rubin to be a fantastic down to earth writer. She is honest about what works for her and always cautions that what makes her happy won't necessarily make you happy. This was a nice followup to her original The Happiness Project, with a lot more focus on family and friends.
The strength of this book is in its setting of cultural context next to the evolution of Mormon doctrine and practice. As a Mormon myself, I got a viewpoint that I hadn't had before. The book was well written and unbiased, which in Mormon literature and literature about Mormons is hard to find. Highly recommended.
I loved the movie, so I picked this up. It was read by the author, which is always entertaining. This played a whole lot more to the author's anxieties than I would have expected, but it was also a story of hope. As she cooked her way through Julia Child's cookbook, you could see that something at last was giving her some confidence.
I stumbled upon this book on CD, appropriately, and thought I should give it a try. I've been reading books on Happiness for a little while, and I'd heard this one referenced a few times. Gilbert did not make the point I thought he was going to make. His main point is that we are really bad at guessing what will make us happy and/or unhappy. Gilbert's style of writing is very amusing and tht helps him build his support. An enjoyable listen. Recommended.
This is one of the most influential books that I've read in a long time. It has inspired me to seek more integration in my life, partially through mindfullness and mindfulness meditation and partially through seeking balance. I highly recommend it.