I don't know about you, but I've been hearing a lot of talk lately about happiness. Maybe it's the economy or maybe technology, but people seem to be seeking happiness in much simpler ways. Most of the talk I am hearing isn't from people who are sad or depressed, just people who in the rat race of life are looking for ways to be happier. I have just finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which is a memoir of Gretchen's search for what brings her happiness.
I found the book to be very insightful and inspiring. It all just made so much sense to me. A couple of things that resonated with me were doing things that didn't bring you happiness, but that you thought SHOULD bring you happiness. That was eye opening. There are so many things that I wish I loved to do. I wish I enjoyed being active and the "outdoorsy" type, but that's not me. Gretchen came to the conclusion that if it didn't bring her happiness then she shouldn't try to be something she's not. Through this project, she became more mindful of the things that did bring her happiness like her family and her writing and so she spent time nurturing that.
As I was finishing the book, I saw on Gretchen's blog that her book is going to be made into a TV series and Kristin Davis (Charlotte from Sex and the City) will be playing the lead role. I was so super excited and so happy for Gretchen. I will continue to read her blog and I just may start my own happiness project. If you are interested in starting your own happiness project, Gretchen has a "happiness toolkit" available for free on her blog. You should also sign up for her monthly newsletter!