Lunchtime Poll

LTP: 4/20 – Happiness Project

I am heading to the library today to pick up a copy of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which I will be reading and discussing here at some point in the next week or so.  So, I’ve been thinking about happiness and what I expect to encounter while reading this book.  And that leads to today’s Lunchtime Poll – what do you do to make yourself happy? What cheers you up? Discuss in the comments!

By Luci Furious

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13 replies on “LTP: 4/20 – Happiness Project”

baking, yoga, reading a good novel or a children’s book (Moomintrolls!!), a giant hug from my boyfriend, petting my pet rabbit and feeding him things, accomplishing something I had been procrastinating about, turkish bath-houses and saunas of all kinds, old friends, brewing and drinking a cup of tea, painting and drawing.

Do you like the book? I tend to feel like I am at my “happiest” when I don’t think about myself because I am immersed in ideas, conversation, the natural world, trying to understand other people, etc. … and hence my deep suspicion of a book like hers promoting happiness as a goal. That seems narcissistic — which would be self-defeating. On the other hand, I’ve only looked at her website, so who knows. I look forward to your review!

Yoga. My dog, he’s huge and loves to be spooned. Watching Buffy. Getting shit done. Reading trashy YA novels. Reading challenging literary theory. And after seeing Hanna last night, Eric Bana. And a new thing, cooking stuff. I wasn’t much of a cook (still a work in progress) but transitioning to vegan has forced me to pay attention to what I eat in a fun way, like, yeah hmm, raw chocolate pudding does sound like a good idea!

I can’t wait to hear what you think about the book! I started reading her website a while before the book came out, and I think the way she presents her ideas is really accessible and easy to incorporate into day-to-day life. It was also really easy to pick and choose what I knew would help me without an overwhelming feeling that I always HAD to be happy. Even though some of the book’s chapters didn’t really apply to me–I don’t have children or a spouse, for example–the idea behind what examples she presents was still very useful to me. I hope you like it!

Quality time with the dog. Deliberate mood checks. Sometimes acting silly, even if I don’t feel silly, helps to hit the reset button, too. My sobriety program talks a lot about making happiness a habit – forcing yourself over time to default to happiness rather than gloom (my personal default to begin with!) or angst. It also talks about getting rid of negative thoughts and choosing to be positive, and I suspect those help to feed the happiness habit, too.

I looooove when hotel rooms are paid for! I used to work at a not-for-profit, and they bring me on three times a year as a key volunteer. I don’t get paid real money, but I get a hotel room (and food and gas covered), and it makes me feel sooooo fancy! And the events are kind of hectic so I only end up passing out in the hotel room and then waking up the next morning and getting almost immediately checked out and to work, but it’s just really fun.

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