A few months ago, while looking for a new paperback, I got the chance to check out Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. It looked promising so I bought a copy. Surprisingly, it’s not the kind of literary works I can finish overnight. It’s not boring. In fact, it’s too interesting that I’d want to make sure I get to digest everything I read. Seriously, I’m not yet done wit the book even as of today’s writing.
So, why the heck I’m writing about it when I’m not yet done reading? Simple, I wanted to share the few pieces of wisdom I learned from it. Gretchen Rubin put it so bluntly: not everyone has the same concept about happiness, therefore, her happiness project will not be the same to my happiness project; and my happiness project will be different from other people’s happiness project.
It’s interesting how Gretchen Rubin tackles the concept of happiness when she’s not depressed at all. I haven’t even consider creating my own happiness project at my lowest points. And I’m sure there are many people out there who never thought of creating an action plan to achieve happiness unless it’s probably become a mandatory law. So, reading about someone who spends the time and effort on a happiness project is truly something new. I especially like Gretchen Rubin’s list of Secrets of Adulthood, such as:
- People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you do;
- Most decisions don’t require extensive research;
- By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished;
- If you can’t find something, clean up;
- You don’t have to be good at everything; and
- What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you — and vice versa