Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Happiness Project Blog

From Australia
An interesting blog about the author's personal journey towards trying to be a happier person. In her own words, author Gretchen Rubin tries out, "every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study I could find, whether from Aristotle or St. Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah." Quite a variety of sources.

The happiest people I know, however, never really seem to need to advice from blogs, psychology, and self help books to be happy, they just naturally are happy. My friend Richard, for example, went through a lot in his early life. One wouldn't begrudge him at all were he an angry, bitter, dissolusioned, grumpy old curmudgeon. Instead, he's found what he's passionate about, always thinks the best of his situation and other people, and always seems to have a smile on his face and manages to lift the spirits of those around him.

Other people I've met always seem to be miserable, uncomfortable, or otherwise unhappy. I don't think any amount of therapy, medication or research will help most of them.

The blog's author often makes observations about both types of people as well. As for myself, I know I have certain issues regarding happiness, although I'm quite content with my life at the moment, so being happy isn't such a problem at the moment. There were times in my life though, recently even, that being happy proved quite difficult and challenging, so perhaps this blog could be helpful to someone else, or help me if I find myself in such circumstances again. There's certainly a lot of good advice in it!

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin.

Rubin's Ten Myths About Happiness

Picture unrelated: My photograph of King's Canyon in Australia.


Gretchen Rubin said...

Dear Tyler,
I saw the nice mention of my blog, The Happiness Project, here. I so much appreciate those kind words and you shining a spotlight on my blog! Thanks and best wishes, Gretchen Rubin


Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.Yours is a wonderful blog! Nice Post!