“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” -Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project
Have you ever read a book that you feel so strongly about that you literally want to tell the world about it? That is how I feel about Gretchen Craft Rubin’s “The Happiness Project”. As an avid reader and one who loves to delve into new books, I find absolutely no shame in reading books that have the potential to improve me as a person. Ever read “The Secret”? Mol and I literally swear by that book and have implemented much of the books philosophy into our own lives and, if you ask us, it has made all the difference. Its not necessarily a self help book, but a book that teaches people to be the best that they can be. Thats what “The Happiness Project” is. Books are a powerful thing I tell ya.
It was back over Christmas-time that my best friend Michaela told me about her love affair with “The Happiness Project” and how it had changed her life. I immediately bought the book on my iPad, but, as life goes, I found I had little free time to actually read it. It wasn’t until my trip the other weekend with two flights and a layover that I finally got some quiet time to just sit and read. Yep, Michaela was right, this book is a game changer. I don’t want to give the book away because I want you all to read it yourselves, but the book tells us that there is always a potential to be happier. Whether its finding time to do more of what you love (even if it means staying up an extra ten minutes or waking up earlier) – reading for instance, appreciating the little things like time with family, or actually learning what it is that makes you happy so that in a time of crisis you can turn to those things. I am a firm believer that we all go through shitty things (Molly and I have definitely been through our fair share of those things), but we have two choices – to either let those things define us for as long as we let them or to rise above and choose to be happy. As Rubin says in the book, “The days are long, but the years are short”. You only live once, so you might as well make it a good one, right?!
I don’t claim to be an expert or any type of psychologist, but what I do know and what I have learned, is that happiness truly is the meaning of life and only you have the power make yourself happy. If you haven’t read the book, you’ve got to – and then report back!
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