Getting Started: 1.31.10
After coming across Gretchen Rubins’ blog, I became curious about this so-called, “Happiness Project.” One review described her project as “a cross between the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love...” Having absolutely loved Eat, Pray, Love (I highly recommend it; Julie Roberts is set to star in it August 13th), I thought this might be a book I’d really like to read. After thinking about it for about a month, I finally bought it.
I’ve decided that I’m going to write my own little thoughts throughout my reading. I figure I’ll benefit from it more if I reflect on my feelings and thoughts. I’m not sure if I can explain my reasons for choosing to read this book. When I was trying to describe it to B, he said, “Well aren’t you happy?” Me: “Yes, but I feel like I could be happier. It's hard to explain.” By the first page of the book, I was sold: Gretchen writes, “I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting me life.” I know I have a lot to be happy about: amazing family, boyfriend, friends, fantastic job, adorable and playful puppy, great health, youth, yada yada... BUT, I feel like I’m not taking advantage of what life has to offer. I want to do and experience more. And most importantly, I want to feel more relaxed, and less stressed and anxious.
Gretchen quotes the writer Colette: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” I think that’s the best way to describe how I’m feeling, and why I’m reading this book.
One very interesting thing Gretchen mentions in the introduction, and I recently heard about it on the Today show, is: “...in the determination of a person’s level of happiness, genetics accounts for about 50 percent; life circumstances, such as age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, income, health, occupation, and religious affiliation, account for about 10 to 20 percent; and the remainder is a product of how a person thinks and acts.” That makes sense.
To sum things up, I’m determined to dive into this so-called Happiness Project and find out what it’s all about. Who knows what I’ll learn and if my life will be different? But if the purpose is to try to become happier, I figure I’ve got nothing to lose!
Have you read The Happiness Project, or know anyone who has? What are your thoughts?