I was in the Toronto Airport, waiting for my connection to Tel-Aviv and I had just picked up my bag of Peanut M&M's so I decided to just look at the books. In my head I knew it was a dangerous idea and I kept reminding myself that whatever I bought I had to carry in a backpack for the next 6 weeks and can I really make room for one more book? Of course. I will find room. I normally do not pick up the "self-help" type books because I think they are going to be boring. However I had read an excerpt of amazon and it sounded interesting.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I was pleasantly surprised when it was not full of "activities" to do as you read along. I don't even think I would classify this as a "self-help" book.
One day, in the midst of her busy life, Gretchen contemplates if she is really the happiest she can be. Now she makes sure to state that she is by no means depressed and is actually happy with her life, her husband and two daughters but comes to the conclusion that she could be a happier person.
Reading this book puts you in a good mood and I love her style of writing in an easy going, less step-by-step process manner. It is easy to apply some of her resolutions to your own everyday life, such as, acting with more energy even if you feel tired. I tried it out and it actually does make a huge difference if you say to yourself "I am full of energy". Crazy how our minds work eh?
It is always a good feeling to have a happier and more positive energy and manner. I do not plan on starting my own year long happiness project but I have taken some of Gretchen's resolutions and goals and applied them to my own life in simple ways.
For more information on this book, Gretchen Rubin and how to start your own Happiness Project please visit her website.
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