The Happiness Project

This is book 2 of 5 for this project. From a reading standpoint, it was easy to read. It had some really good points so let me explain what I took away.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book about Gretchen who is on a 12 month journey to be a happier person. It isn’t that she isn’t happy already but she is striving to be happier, as we all should. She give herself some lists to help guide her which I will share because I think they are important plus I think we could all benefit from such a list:

12 Commandments

1.Be Gretchen.
2. Let it go.
3. Act as I want to feel.
4. Do it now.
5. Be polite and be fair.
6. Enjoy the process.
7. Spend out. (here’s an explanation)
8. Identify the problem.
9. Lighten up.
10. Do what ought to be done.
11. No calculation.
12. There is only love.

Secrets of Adulthood

  • The best reading is re-reading.
  • Outer order contributes to inner calm.
  • The opposite of a great truth is also true.
  • You manage what you measure.
  • By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.
  • People don’t notice your mistakes and flaws as much as you think.
  • It’s nice to have plenty of money.
  • Most decisions don’t require extensive research.
  • Try not to let yourself get too hungry.
  • Even if you think they’re fake, it’s nice to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
  • If you can’t find something, clean up.
  • The days are long, but the years are short.
  • Someplace, keep an empty shelf.
  • Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes a glitch.
  • It’s okay to ask for help.
  • You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you LIKE to do.
  • Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.
  • What you do EVERY DAY matters more than what you do ONCE IN A WHILE.
  • You don’t have to be good at everything.
  • Soap and water removes most stains.
  • It’s important to be nice to EVERYONE.
  • You know as much as most people.
  • Over-the-counter medicines are very effective.
  • Eat better, eat less, exercise more.
  • What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you–and vice versa.
  • People actually prefer that you buy wedding gifts off their registry.
  • Houseplants and photo albums are a lot of trouble.
  • If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.
  • No deposit, no return.

I know this is already a lot to take in so I encourage you to check it out and consider a Happiness project yourself. Because of this book, I have some homework for you if you would help me….PLEASE 🙂 In the book one of her goals is to find more fun. It got me thinking… It has inspired me to do a “fun” project. I would love it if you would leave me a comment on my blog about things you do regularly/often for fun. From the comments I will form a list and try out the things I haven’t experienced. As I experience trying to find new “fun” things, I will blog about them for you to read about. So let me ask…. What do you do for fun?

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