Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Happiness Project

Hello, new friends! This is Molly from Sunshine on a Cloud Day and I’m doing a little visit from the West Coast while Carly is away on vacation. Stop by my blog and get neat little lifestyle updates about clothes, books and a plethora of pretty things.

Let’s face it: We all get down in the dumps. But sometimes it’s harder to get out of the mellow rut. Gretchen Rubin has set out to answer the age old question of how to find happiness and then stay happy. Her book The Happiness Project follows her year testing out different approaches to finding lasting happiness. A year later, and this little gem is still a bestseller and changes lives daily via the Happiness Project Toolbox
Inspired by a ride on the bus, Rubin’s life transformed before her eyes. One writer, AJ Jacobs, said: “This book made me happy in the first five pages. And the more I read it, the happier I got. It’s filled with great insights that have changed every part of my life, from love to money, from work to play, from writing to Diet Coke.”

Rubin says her four truths to maintaining her happiness are:
• To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
• One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
• The days are long, but the years are short.
• You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy.

This book has moved to the top of list of must-have. I want to read more about this and see what conclusions her year of exploring led her to. I also think the The Happiness Project Toolbox is such a brilliant social media tool, which allows individuals to track their unique happiness projects and stay motivated. It’s such a sweet and powerful idea, that I think everyone should take a gander at the revolution Rubin’s working on. Plus, finding and keeping happiness in your life, is probably the best New Year’s Resolution out there!

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