book review: The Happiness of Pursuit

The happiness of pursuit

Last month I devoured Chris Guillebeau's latest book, The Happiness of Pursuit, during a homework strike one weekend. I'm always looking for my next big project, so this was the perfect read for me. It also goes well with a pumpkin spice latte.

The subtitle for this book is "Finding the quest that will bring purpose to your life," and handily sums up the purpose of the book. Through many different interviews, Guillebeau is hoping that you find something to puruse that makes you happy. The book chronicles people who have visited every country in the world, people who set off to walk across the country, and someone who lives their life like a video game. The thread that ties all of these together is that certain people are at their happiest when chasing a (sometimes crazy) goal.

Each step of the quest-defining and completing process is touched on, including what happens after you reach your big goal. The Pursuit of Happiness is incredibly inspiring, and I found myself thinking up my next big quest to keep me occupied after graduation*. However big or small, Guillebeau sets out to show everyone that they, too, can complete a quest and find happiness along the way. 

This was a quick and easy read, and a book that I highly recommend to anyone who feels stuck in their current situation. You can tackle a huge, life-changing quest or choose to do something smaller to shake up your life. Either way, The Happiness of Pursuit can give you the inspiration to start and (hopefully) complete what you set out to do.

Rating: 4/5

*I'm planning on running/walking a mile day in 2015. More to come on that in December.

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