During the last weekend of October, while I was at Barnes & Noble bookstore with my daughter, I picked up a NY Times bestseller called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, 2009. I must be bored and tired then.
Before I opened the book, I was wondering “Why would a person write this book?” The author must be insanely unhappy and in dire need of happiness. It turns out the opposite is true. I believe she wrote it because she was a writer and must find something to write about.
Here’s a tiny bit from the book,
“A ‘happiness project’ is an approach to changing your life. First is the preparation stage, when you identify what brings you joy, satisfaction, and engagement, and also what brings you guilt, anger, boredom, and remorse.
Second is the making of resolutions, when you identify the concrete actions that will boost your happiness. …Then comes the interesting part: keeping your resolutions.”
I like this one — “The days are long, but the years are short. Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.”
Everybody has his/her limitations, but few people realize it, even fewer attempts to go beyond it. Expect to outgrow your limitation.
Throughout the book, the author asks readers to count their blessings, putting things in perspective. A great message for this Thanksgiving and holiday season.