Happy Weekend.

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At the beginning of November I was in the book store and chanced upon Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project – intrigued but not convinced that it was a book I’d like to own, I reserved a copy from the city library instead. If you knew me in real life, it wouldn’t escape you that I am the kind of person who never, ever browses self-help books, let alone read one, but The Happiness Project, although at first glance would fall under that genre, it is in so many ways, at least for me, much more helpful than the majority of self-help books out there.

I’m not trying to write a review here – I just wanted to say that ever since I picked up the book I’ve begun, almost immediately, a journey of getting rid of negativity that has been lingering and accumulating in my life. A life that is, to be very honest, not unhappy at all – like the author says of her own – but one that has potential to be much happier. Gretchen Rubin is brutally honest about herself as she embarks on her happiness project, the kind of honest that I know I sometimes try to avoid because it makes things easier; but to see them in written words, the exact same thoughts I’ve had and failed to admit, it has struck me that I want to embrace that honesty, and that I want to welcome the positive change that comes with it.

The best part about her writing is that while she is sharing her ways of becoming a happier person, the reader is not led to follow her foot steps but instead influenced by the sentiments behind her purpose. I found myself immediately inspired and came up with personal ways that fit into my lifestyle to be become my own version of a happier person.

I am half-way through the book and taking my sweet time with it, perhaps I’ll get through a few more chapters over the weekend but I like taking it slow with this book. Happy weekend, everyone! :)

22 comments on “Happy Weekend.

  1. Hi, Katie! I feel the same way when I started reading that book. It also made me realize that we shun too many things because of fear that a happier life is hard to attain. But, Gretchen Rubin beautifully points out the things that we must learn, re-learn, and unlearn. ♥ :)

    1. The unlearn part is so true – I had so many “beliefs” that were becoming blockages to the road of a happier me, I’m slowly shedding them like old skin. :) So glad to hear that you also read the book!

  2. It really does sound like a book I should pick up myself. I tend to drag myself down too often, especially during the winter. Thanks for the trip, Katie!
    The Instax Mini you’ve shared is particularly beautiful!
    Have a happy weekend!

    1. Thank you, Polly! The sunset was particularly pretty on that day. :) I hope you get a chance to read the book soon, it has been good for my health! ♥ :D

    1. I have small plans to share some of the things I was inspired to do/change after reading the book – probably will happen for the new year. I just started and still observing how to let it be the positive light in my life. I’m so happy to hear that you look forward to it, Maxime! :D Happy weekend to you, too.

  3. I bought the happiness project in the beginning of the year and i also have the happiness at home <3

    i love gretchen pragmatism and i recommend her you tube channel too!

    'the days are long but the years are short' s my favorite phrase in a long long time*

    1. Oh, yes, you’re so right! Her pragmatism is very agreeable. She doesn’t beat around the bush and is very candid when it comes to flaws that we share.

      I will check out her youtube channel, Sara, thanks for the recommendation! :)

      p.s. I just quoted those words to a friend the other day!

    1. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it – I’m not really the talkative kind of blogger (used to be years ago but not anymore, haha!) but there are some things so good they are meant to be shared. :)

  4. I’ve just checked my library online catalogue and apparently they own eight copies of this book. Right now I have too many books on my bedside table (library books that at some point I’ll have to bring back) but I’ll definitely keep that title in mind.

    1. Eight! :D

      The book is three years old; I heard about it previously but never came across it until recently. It’s the kind of book that is really only applicable when you see the need for it so I say let nature run its course and you’ll get to it one day. :)

  5. Hey XY! That’s a great post you have there! I have to confess, I am a self help book junkie, but for the reasons that you have mentioned: to make my Relatively happy life happier. I am glad you are enjoying The happiness Project. I haven’t seen it before and I will put it on my list of to-reads! Have a great Sunday! It was nice catching up in Taipei:)

  6. I made a mental note to get the book the first time i read about this book some years back(even though i never read self help books).Never got around to reading it actually. i think i’l give it a try this time around:)

    1. It’s a fun, light read with some really shocking resemblance in train of thought and emotional response for me so largely, the difference is that self-help books like to repeat stuff I feel I already know while Gretchen points out things I have a hard time admitting.

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