Gretchen Rubin gives lecture on her novel photo: Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” will give a presentation on Nov. 11 in the photo: Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” will give a presentation on Nov. 11 in the PAC.

This year, to commemorate the Year of Happiness at Mercyhurst University, it was decided to bring in the woman who literally wrote the book on happiness.

Mercyhurst Student Government, along with the President’s office, the office of Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Life proudly present Gretchen Rubin, author of the book “The Happiness Project,” this year’s novel for incoming freshmen. Rubin will be at Mercyhurst on Nov. 11.

“The Happiness Project” was written when Rubin realized she wasn’t getting the most out of her life.

She was a writer, married with two kids, but she realized she could be happier. She set off on a year-long quest, exploring different aspects of happiness, to try and see if she could make herself happier in the process.

The readers of “The Happiness Project” will learn how she dedicated each month of that year to improving a different aspect of her life, such as work, friendships and marriage.

“The Happiness Project” outlines how other people wanting to be happy can embark on their own “Happiness Projects” will helpful tips from Rubin.

Since this year on campus is considered the Year of Happiness, it only seemed appropriate that many of the activities and performances taking place throughout the year should also be happiness based.

Students have many opportunities to see the theme of happiness in film, discussions and other events.

Some of these events include “Happiness is Dance,” “Happiness is ‘tis the Season in Santa’s Toy Shop,” “Happiness is Beyond Words III,” and “Happiness is Raw Edges: A Celebration of Twenty/Forty Years.”

Finally, Mercyhurst Student Government is especially pleased to feature Ms. Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, as a campus speaker on Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. A book signing will follow Ms. Rubin’s talk.

For more information regarding other information contact the Mary D’Angelo Performing Art Centers box office.