After visiting The Happy Show by Stefan Sagmeister back in March, I began a soulful journey inward to figure out how could I live a happier life. I wasn't sad or depressed, but the show got me thinking about how precious life was, and how I wasn’t exactly living in the moment. For the longest time I felt like I was spinning my wheels and getting nowhere fast. The littlest things would set me off (when in hindsight they weren't even that big of a deal) and I constantly worried about what others were or would think of me.
One of my best friends recommended that I read the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This book changed my whole outlook on life, and although I still struggle day by day, I always find a way to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.
“It's about living in the moment and appreciating the smallest things. Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you and letting go of the obsessions that want to take over your mind. It is a daily struggle sometimes and hard work but happiness begins with your own attitude and how you look at the world.”
This book made me realize that by just changing your attitude, you can influence others. Not only will you be happier, but the people around you will also become happier.
Another key topic within The Happiness Project was making time for oneself. Set time aside, and work on things that bring you joy. Stop worrying about what others think, and focus on what makes you come alive. We’re all unique and we all have special talents. Stop doing what others want or expect, and do what YOU want.
“I enjoy the fun of failure. It's fun to fail, I kept repeating. It's part of being ambitious; it's part of being creative. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing badly.”
I finished this book with a fresh, mind and heart. If there is one book that I would recommend to any young women it’s this one. You’re only given one life, and each day that goes by you cannot get back. Make today a great day, and give it your all! It’s ok to feel sad, and it’s ok to have a bad day, but just remember, you can take any negative thought and turn it into a positive one.
All quotes are from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
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