Hello World! Although I don’t share often anymore, I had to share this. Just finished Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! A domestic Eat, Pray, Love (which reminds me, I should finish Eat, Pray, Love this summer, too…). An inspirational journey of happiness. It reminds me a bit of my starting this blog, trying to accentuate the creative in my life– my own source of happiness.
The book includes facts, quotes and other happiness-related suggestions. And I loved every page.
In the one week that it took me to read? I even noticed changes in my own life:
1) I cleared my financial clutter. Old credit statements, receipts, bills– that are not related to taxes– are now shredded! I wasn’t sure how long to keep these things (since bank statements should be kept for 7 years…), but upon some google searching and reading suggestions on several financial sites, I got my answers and cleared out my file cabinet. It was stuffed full– now there’s EXTRA space!
2) I started to stretch in the morning. With my arthritis, I get very stiff and moving in the morning is hard (I actually didn’t realize HOW hard until I started doing yoga, then stopped–). It’s even harder on rainy days or humid summer mornings. So even if I don’t have time or I’m too sore for yoga, I at least stretch. In the morning, before bed, and sometimes even in between.
3) I eat a bit better. Rubin is the first person I know who seems to acknowledge what I’ve already known about myself– physical comfort is a basis of happiness. “Not letting myself get too hungry” is a big step I can take towards being nice. Also, Rubin admits (as I’ve found myself), that she needs more frequent snacks/food than most adults. This is VERY true of me.
4) I sleep better. I’m struggling with this. But I have developed a habit of getting tired at 9pm and going to bed at 12:30. I’m trying to go to bed at least a little CLOSER to when I actually get tired. Including shutting off the light and trying to stop texting. And I take a bit of time to unwind– mostly by reading and getting ready for bed early.
5) Interrupt my inner monologue. I just noticed myself doing this. Yesterday, I went on a rant while trying to merge into traffic leaving a busy mall parking lot. I couldn’t seem to STOP, but I did NOTICE– that I was spewing negativity that was totally unnecessary! Today, I had a bad dream just before I woke up. That often is enough to start a bad or funky mood that can linger the whole day. Instead, knowing that I was getting up early for my own good as I wasn’t supposed to be anywhere at a particular time, I laid in bed stretching, thinking, praying and generally re-starting my morning for a long while. When I got up, I felt brighter and it’s been a good day so far!
Definitely recommend this book! I’m thinking about happiness in a totally new way. And looking forward to more summer reading.