Happiness Booster

Has anyone ever suggested some ‘happiness’ on you?

Me?  Well someone (who I want to name to ‘out them’ but I won’t) suggested I read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.  I didn’t ask why. I settled with my own story, that perhaps it was an enlightening book and not necessarily about me being cranky!

I’m no expert on happiness and certainly haven’t undertaken a year long ‘happiness project’ (like the author did) but I do know reading about someone else’s pursuit of happiness raised some questions that I’d like to pose:

1.   Are you happy with your life?
If so, how do you know?

2.   Are you pretending to be happy with your life?
If so, how do you know?

3.   Are you unhappy with your life?
If so, read the book (teasing I just didn’t want to be predictable with my response).

Those are good happiness questions to consider when you think about your life. 

What are you doing to be happy? 

Gretchen (we’re on a first name basis) suggests several ideas for happiness throughout her book, some are good and others . . . well read the book and you’ll see.

Me?  I’m pretty happy with my life (most days but not all days) and I notice there are some differences between Gretchen’s happiness advice and my happiness advice.

For starters, Gretchen undertook the happiness project for 12 months and wrote a book about it; I . . . didn’t.  I’m undertaking happiness . . . day by day and someday I may write a book on it (or not – depends which brings me happiness).

Gretchen’s advice is $17.99 . . . plus tax.
My advice is free . . . taxes included.

If I haven’t won you over yet, here are 5 pieces of Gretchen’s and Barb’s happiness advice:

Gretchin Rubin’s Happiness Advice

1.    Clean your closet
2.    Read memoirs of catastrophe – seriously?
3.    Fight Right
4.    Sing in the morning
5.    Laugh out loud

Barb Langlois’ Happiness Advice

1.    Get you spouse or partner to clean your closet
2.    Read Calvin and Hobbes – if you want catastrophe, watch the news for 30 seconds
3.    Ok, yes, fight right!
4.    Sing when no-one’s home (because if you’re tone deaf and sing in the morning, the neighbours my call the police)
5.    ROFL (for non-texters, that means Roll-On-the-floor-Laughing which is way funnier than just Laughing-Out-Loud (LOL)!!

Did I boost your happiness marker?

I hope so!

Have a Happy Day

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