I’m now about a third of the way through this after reading about it in an article about flash fiction. The article used the term ‘creative non-fiction’, which I’ve been reading for years without realising. The Happiness Project is a book that was mentioned so I’m giving it a try.
The book is now 10 years old so I think that might qualify it as a basement find? Hey, it’s my blog!
The author Gretchen Rubin makes lists of life improvements, such as her Twelve Commandments, with aims to ‘Act the way I want to feel’ and ‘Do what ought to be done’. Simple yet effective wisdom. I’ve adopted a couple and feel a smidge better. Sometimes. Like Gretchen I will persevere and see how this project goes.
First on my list is to get this blog back up and running! I’ve had a busy year and last year was a definite Year of Firsts for me.
1. Graduated with First in English (yay!).
2. Swam in our local outdoor pool and loved it, despite being a poor swimmer due to my fear of water.
3. Spent every Wednesday evening on a bike, for two hours, in a local cycle group.
4. Read books for pleasure without studying or writing essays on them for the first time in a decade.
5. Visited Helsinki and loved it.
This year I’m working on my own Happiness Project list and so far I’ve managed to accomplish:
1. Getting some poems published in a local book.
2. Started yoga again!
3. Went back to Helsinki and also visited Stockholm.
4. Befriended not one but TWO Vikings!
5. Felt better after a minor surgery.
I need to focus more on my writing now, but overall I’m feeling good. Try your own Happiness Project. It doesn’t have to massive, I find a lot of it comes in retrospect.
Have a good weekend!
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, 2009, Harper, New York.