Recently, my dear husband got this book for me from the library. It’s call The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (I highly recommend you see if your library has it). I am devouring this book! It’s sort of like a self-help book but she explains what she did to help improve her happiness! And it’s not because she was depressed or anything catastrophic happened, it’s because she felt that it was good to work on happiness when times were pretty good, so as to help make room for more happy! Does that make sense?
Oh and I just found out she has a podcast and that has made me completely giddy because I just started going to the gym during my lunch break and after I finish reading this book I think I’m going to enjoy listening to the podcast at the gym!
I have a hard time reading books even though I’ve always loved reading. Typically, I almost prefer to spend my free time (usually on the bus commuting to and from work 45 minutes to an hour each way) just surfing Instagram and checking in on Facebook. But lately, my IG feed has become a reminder of the millions of quilting projects that I want to do but can’t figure out where the time to do them might be (unless I learn how to survive and function on minimal sleep). So why do I want to remind myself of that? When I found this book and started to read it, I instantly related to Gretchen. Even to the point where she said she would delay going to bed because she didn’t want to take out her contacts, wash her face and brush her teeth (that’s just in the first chapter). Each chapter is a different month and a different focus in her year long endeavor to become happier. Right now I’m up to June (about half way) and I’d say I’ve been able to relate in some way to about 99% of what she talks about. Even though at first the multiple references to other “happiness experts” reminded me of reading research articles in graduate school, I’m enjoying the fact that I know she has researched this topic which can seem rather “touchy/feely” and it’s actually based on some sort of science and repeated studies. It may be her experience, but it’s not just her personal opinion about how to make yourself feel better.
So much of this book reminds me of my own life and I can’t wait to finish it and then maybe read her next book (which is the one my husband checked out originally which sparked my interest and prompted him to get this book for me).
I don’t know if I can make a year long project out of this idea, but I’m excited to look at the rest of Gretchen’s website and see what resources I can use to help make my life a little happier, even if that means I can’t quilt non-stop in all my free time.