Friday Favourite; The Happiness Project

It is a gloomy Friday here on the the east coast of Australia where the rain has truly set in to mark the first day of autumn. Its kind of sad to think the summer has passed already especially when winter kind of hits you in the face like this.

So what better day to take a look at my latest friday favourite, ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin.  Just looking at the sunny yellow picture makes me feel brighter.

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I actually came across this book via Simone from Style.Life.Home blog .
For some reason , despite not having read a book for at least three years….I thought, ” hey that could be interesting” and bought two copies online straight away. I was proud of myself for not procrastinating as I would normally do.  I sent one up to Noosa to my friend Heather at My Ocean Bliss blog cause I thought it might be a good thing to share, an idea which she loved and spoke about on her blog here

Anyway what I love about the book is that the author admits she has a great life, she is not depressed, she just wants to see if she can appreciate it more. And thats just it isn’t it, I think by the fact that it has been New York times bestseller for 100 weeks means that there are a lot of other people that can relate to this feeling

When my book arrived I couldn’t wait to check it out..and found myself full of ideas from the very first chapter that I could implement immediately in my life…and they were the simplest things .   She goes through different areas of life and tests out theories to see if they make an impact on her life.  It is quite interesting how candid she is about uncovering her own bad traits too. Interestingly I saw many of those same traits in myself.

I feel that at this point in my life I know that there is no one answer to the elusive secret to happiness. Some one once said that is really about contentment and I agree with that but I do tend to have a restless nature and I sometimes wonder what it is that I’m actually searching for when I already have a pretty great life. Maybe thats just it..a constant search and uncovering new experiences..the journey not the destination.  But how to enjoy the journey and not feel the anxious need that I may be missing out on something at the end?????

Well I’m going to adopt and implement some of the ideas presented in the book and I’ll let you know in a monthly update what is working and what isn’t.

You can also take part in the Kikki K blog Happiness Project or see more on the authors site  The Happiness Project

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3 Responses to Friday Favourite; The Happiness Project

  1. Heather Woods March 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Such a wonderful book Nic with some fantastic and practical ideas. I totally agree with this heartfelt post you’ve so eloquently written. I don’t think there is anything wrong with searching for new experiences as a way to move forward through life with joy and to improve and grow so long as your already content and only looking for the cherry on top so to speak. I think it is more of a problem when your not happy or content to begin with.
    lots of love Heather xx

    • nicolenicol March 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Yes for sure Heather…thats the key. xx

  2. Sherie Pitsenbarger May 14, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many different things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components. Related concepts are well-being, quality of life and flourishing. Some commentators focus on the difference between the hedonistic tradition of seeking pleasant and avoiding unpleasant experiences, and the eudaimonic tradition of living life in a full and deeply satisfying way..*

    Catch you later
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