The Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project was recommended to me by one of the happiest people I know, Brian :)

It started with a familiar storyline… woman with amazing family, passion for her work, beautiful children, healthy, not unhappy BUT still that nagging question, “Is this really it?”. Gretchen Rubin explored a year-long list of goals set to make healthier habits more present in her life, to see if overall a higher state of happiness can be achieved. Her plans included subjects such as: boost energy, remember love, aim higher, lighten up, be serious about play, make time for friends, buy some happiness, and pursue a passion. She established some commandments to govern her project: Be Gretchen, Let it go, Act the way I want to feel, Do it now, Be polite and be fair, Enjoy the process, Spend out, Identify the problem, Lighten Up, Do what ought to be done, No calculation, and There is only love. And more lightly, a list of truths she had found in her own life to apply throughout different life quests… I liked these: People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think, most decisions don’t require extensive research, you don’t have to be good at everything, don’t let perfect be the enemy of good, and it’s important to be nice to everyone. I also don’t think I’d ever heard of someone reading a book more than once. This girl reads books over and over if she likes them… and I think she’s on to something, as I would read this book again. There will inevitably be turns in the road and times where I need a burst of inspiration to be more intentional with my thoughts, words and actions. THP is a solid reference tool.