Although I’m normally averse to accepting wintertime evening invitations, I forced myself to break from my sedentary routine and attend a reading last night by Happier at Home’s Gretchen Rubin. (Even though it was in the suburbs, and I hate venturing from my urban oasis.)
And I’m glad that I did.
Instead of a traditional reading from the fresh new paperback of Happier at Home, Gretchen chose to give what was clearly a smooth and well rehearsed talk about happiness. Of course I took notes. A smart blogger would take advantage of all the sparking ideas to flesh out a dozen new blog posts, but I need to leave for work in an hour, so here are the main points that resonated with me:
- Happy people have habits that work for them.
- Anything that broadens or deepens relationships leads to happiness.
- The days are long but the years are short. <– One of my favorites!
- Although excessive possessions have a tendency to drag us down, possessions do serve to project our identity into our environment.
- When choosing what has a place in your home ask yourself these three questions, “Do I love it, do I use it, do I need it?”
- People often approach Gretchen to ask “What is the key to true happiness?” and although there is no one all encompassing answer, she does believe that self knowledge is a close approximation.
- Happier people are more altruistic, and unhappy people tend to focus more inwardly on their problems. Although negative emotions play an important role in how to be happier.
- Allow yourself permission to let go of unfinished projects. Gretchen’s example was to scoop up all the origami paper packets and donate them to her daughter’s school.
- Ask yourself these questions, “Who do you envy?” and “What do you lie about?”
I wish I had time to flesh out these points, but I know that being fired from my job for excessive tardiness would definitely harsh on my happiness. 😀 So please, share your thoughts and responses to these happiness prompts in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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