“What if you could change your life without really changing your life?” That’s the question on the back of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which intrigued me enough to borrow the copy on my parents’ bookshelf and make it my first read of 2013.
What I like about Gretchen Rubin is that she seems pretty nice, and pretty normal. She doesn’t start her ‘happiness project’ – a pledge to live every day with intention and joy, with each month representing one of the different areas where she feels she could do with a little more happiness in her life – out of a place of deep-seated unhappiness. Actually, her life seems pretty darn nice at the beginning of the book and even nicer at the end of the book, if only because she knows a little bit more about herself.
Rubin’s New Year’s resolution seems borne out of a genuine desire to find out more about herself and create a happier, more mindful world to live in. This isn’t unlike my introspective book-tracking resolution – and it’s maybe why it resonated so strongly with how I’m feeling this New Year’s. I don’t really know if keeping careful count of the books I read in 2013 will make me any happier than I am right now. I know it won’t make me less happy, so that’s saying something. But it will hopefully help me to learn more about myself – and being self-aware is never a bad thing.
Who knows, maybe this blog will be my happiness project?