Have I suggested that The Happiness Project might make a good holiday gift? I have? Oh right, maybe I have.
You may be thinking, “Well, Gretchen, you say your book is good, but why should I believe you?” Consider: The Happiness Project is a #1 New York Times bestseller and has now been on the bestseller list for 40 weeks, is being translated into more than thirty-five languages (check out the foreign cover gallery), and was even a question on the quiz show Jeopardy! (Which I still can’t quite believe.)
If you read the blog, you may be thinking, “Well, I don’t want to be rude, but I can read your stuff here for free, so why should I buy the book?” Good question. Consider these reasons…
1. One friend who has read both said she thought the blog was process, the book was conclusion. The ideas in the book are presented in a more distilled, thoughtful way, and the book framework allows me to tell longer stories and explain more complicated ideas. I’m able to show how different ideas fit together, which can be tough to do in one blog post. The book goes deeper. Most people who read both the book and the blog say that they like the book better.
2. On the blog, I write about whatever subject interests me that day, so it skips from topic to topic. The book is organized by subject matter: Energy, Parenthood, Work, Marriage, Play, Spirituality, Mindfulness, etc. If you’re interested in particular subjects, you can focus there.
3. If you’ve been enjoying the blog, and you’d like to share it with a friend, you can give the book as a gift. You can’t give the experience of reading a blog as a gift, but you can give a book. (If you’d like a free, personalized bookplate for your gift, or for yourself, request it here or email me at email@example.com. Or if you’re an audiobook listener or e-book reader, request the signature card. (Note that, given the date, realistically I won’t be able to get it to you for a few weeks.)
4. In a book, you can more easily underline and take notes. You can do this electronically, but many people still find it easier to do with old-fashioned pen and paper.
5. I’m more forthcoming in my book. I call my family members by their true names. I talk about juicy episodes that I’ve never mentioned on my blog. I reveal a very major fact about my life that I’ve never discussed on my blog.
6. Book groups look for good books to discuss. If you’d like the one-page discussion guide for your book group, or the one-page discussion guide for spirituality book groups, Bible study groups, and the like, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Many of my readers have written that they want to buy the book to show their support — a “thank you” for everything I’ve done for free. Which I very much appreciate.
But wait, there’s more! If you love Page-a-Day calendars as much as I do, check out the Page-a-Day calendar for The Happiness Project. And if you’re intrigued with resolution to Keep one-sentence journal—one of my favorite resolutions—take a look at it The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal.
So ends the blatant self-promotion. Thank you!
The enthusiasm of blog readers has made such a difference to the success of The Happiness Project. I so appreciate the support of readers here. Truly.
* A thoughtful reader sent me the link to Michele Made Me. Crafts that actually seem possible.