On January of this year, I bought ''The Happiness Project''. And since it is about a whole year's resolutions, I decided to start reading each month as it goes.
Unfortunately I am a very slow reader and I like to take my time so I didn't really reach November in the book just yet. I don't know what it is but I feel kind of sad to finish a book that I enjoy so much, I wouldn't want it to end so I take my time reading and going over it again and again!
Every time I read this book, I find myself smiling, crying, laughing and feeling everything Gretchen writes. You will definitely relate to it in one way or another! She talks about happiness, attitude, family, work, friends, and much more.
I like to keep a pencil close while I read, to underline all the quotes or sayings that I find inspiring and relative to me. So I thought I'd share what I've got so far.
I haven't finished the book yet so these are just some of my favorite quotes from reading halfway through.
''You've been there and done that so you know it's possible to do it again. It's a matter of weathering the storm and navigating to your happiness destination. It probably won't be the same path but it is achievable.''
''I'd been haunted by an uncomfortable feeling -- that I wasn't doing what I was ''supposed'' to be doing. Now, through my wiring career can be a source of ''feeling bad'' as well as ''feeling good'', I do ''feel right.''
''Happiness'', wrote Yeats, ''is neither virtue nor pleasure not this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.''
''I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth''
''Happiness begins with my attitude and how I look at the world''
''On sunny days, I think ''great,'' a good day to be outdoors and on grey days I think ''great,'' a good day to be indoors. It's all in your attitude.''
''Of all the things that wisdom provides for living one's entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship''
''Whenever I feel blue, working cheers me up''
''And perhaps most important, I would take care to remind myself to remember how lucky I was to be as eager for Monday mornings as I was for Friday afternoons.''
''People don't notice your mistakes as much as you think''
''I didn't want to be like the novelist who spent so much time rewriting his first sentence that he never wrote his second. If I wanted to get anything accomplished, I needed to keep pushing ahead without constantly second-guessing myself.''
''Starting my blog, for example, made me feel anxious, but deep down, I knew I could do it and would very likely enjoy it, once I'd overcome the initial intimidating hurdles.''
''In order to have more success, I needed to be willing to accept more failure''
'' ''I enjoy the fun of failure''. It's fun to fail, I kept repeating. It's part of being ambitious; it's part of being creative. If something is worth doing. It's worth doing badly''
''I think I might have shied away from pursuing these goals, because I wouldn't have wanted to deal with rejection''
''If I do my project my way, I'm unspiritual and gimmicky; if I tried to do it in a different way, I'd be inauthentic and fake. Might as well ''Be Gretchen.''
''The most effective way to lighten up, is to make a joke''
''The days are long but the years are short''
''Family traditions make occasions feel special and exciting. They mark the passage of time in a happy way. They provide a sense of anticipation, security, and continuity.''
''I think by knowing who we are as people and being ourselves, we can start making the world better''
''I started a ''Happiness Box'' in which I'd collect all sorts of little trinkets meant to trigger happy thoughts and memories''
''Just because something is fun for someone else doesn't make it fun for me.''
''I think a real life-shaking catastrophe can provide in-sights into happiness that you couldn't have any other way.''
''Samuel Johnson said, ''The business of the wise man is to be happy.'' In whatever condition life happens to offer.''
Until next time..