If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed my incessant tweets about The Happiness Project. As I was reading this fabulous book, I wanted so badly to get started on my own happiness project but I thought it would be best to finish the book first :). I also could hardly wait to share the book with all of you!
First things first, my review :):
I truly enjoyed this book. I found it to be completely inspirational (as you'll see here on the blog) and a really easy read. The book chronicles a year in Gretchen Rubin's life where she set resolutions for herself that led to a happier life. This book is really similar to many of the other one-year-project books out there (like eat, pray love) but I connected with it SO MUCH MORE. Why? You ask. Because Gretchen didn't go on an exotic journey, sell all of her belongings and live in a cardboard box, quit her job and travel to a remote location for an extended period of time, or anything else drastic. Each change she made to her life was small, quantitative, and occurred all within the confines of her already-established life. I love the idea of using what you've got and making yourself happier. After all, not all of us can afford to leave our lives behind and take a long journey to find ourselves...right?
So that brings me back to my own little happiness project :). I was so inspired by her book that I decided to give it a try. I'm not particular unhappy, but I'm also not living every day to the happiest! I often let bad moods consume my day and I frequently make the choice to be sarcastic and closed off instead of being vulnerable. I'm still working on my own list of resolutions but I thought I'd kick things off in the same way as Gretchen did in her novel! So, I've been clearing out the clutter in my life! I started in my closet, moved to the hall closet, then took care of my bathroom. Next I'm tackling my book shelf and my desk. I'll probably finish off the clutter-clearing with my computer. It's surprising how hard it is to get rid of the clutter in your life! Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but I tend to get really attached to objects/clothes/books/etc.
What are your best clutter-clearing tips? Do you have trouble getting rid of things too? I'd love to hear about your experiences!
I also wanted to see if any of you have read this book. If so, how do you feel about it? Have you ever implemented resolutions for happiness into your life? Please share!!
It's back to cleaning for me...