The Happiness Project

A chronicle of my attempts to test-drive every tip, principle and scientific study that promotes happiness

Quiz: Is the Design of Your Office Space Making You Happy? Or Driving You Crazy?

Of all the books I’ve read in the last few years, few have made a deeper impression on me than A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. This strange, brilliant, fascinating book uses architecture, sociology, psychology, and anthropology to describe the most satisfying architectural environments.

Instead of talking about familiar architectural styles and elements, for example, it focuses on the Sitting Wall, the Front Door Bench, the Child Caves, the Sequence of Sitting Spaces, the Sleeping to the East. I love these! I want them for my own apartment! Read More

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Pattern Language

Yes, I love Pattern Language as well. It made be think I wanted to be an architect or urban planner, but eventually became a psychologist as well. I am also drawn to ecopsychology. I think it was James Hillman who talked about getting out of the therapy room and out into the world. I also have Timeless Way of Building, but will have to check out what else Christopher Alexander has written.

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Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project, a book and a blog about her adventures learning to be happier.


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