While Christmas shopping in Chapters, I found myself drawn to a pretty bright blue and yellow covered book. (Yes, sometimes that is how I choose what to read. Other times it might be a clever title that draws me in.)
This book though was “The Happiness Project.” Written by Gretchen Rubin, it’s one woman’s research, efforts and memoir of trying to make her life better…of finding ways she could appreciate and grow the happiness she already felt.
Having heard comments about the book and the project in the past, I knew it paralleled thoughts and efforts that were already stirring in me (part of the reason I had taken an acrylic painting class in the Fall, ideas connected to this big trip we’re planning, and lots of other little things). So we – the book and I – we became friends. And the little blue and yellow bundle of tightly bound pages now lives in my purse. And between the Candy Crush Saga games on the bus, riding from home to work and back, I’m slowly working my way through it.
No great book review or life changing moments to reflect on here. Not that kind of post.
But I guess I just wrote to quickly reflect on the comfort I’m finding in my slow journey through the story. There are moments where it feels like Gretchen is in my head: a woman who has so much to be grateful for and happy about, but who still sees room and a desire to find ways to be happier…somebody making the active choice to approach life in a way that gets every bit of juice from it.