Happiness Project

I just finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project — totally enjoyable but also frustrating, as I tend to be annoyed by the self-indulgent, memoir-y, I-did-this-for-a-year type books…. and yet, I love these types of easy reads and thoroughly enjoyed it; I even enjoyed complaining about it.

One of Rubin’s “Secrets of Adulthood” is You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you LIKE to do.

It struck a chord with me. I like reading self-indulgent, memoir-y, I-did-this-for-a-year type books. I like reading Jodi Piccoult’s always-similar-dramatic novels. I like reading. I like reading as a relaxing, enjoyable activity, even though my elitist, critical, judgmental self thinks I should always be reading high quality literature. I don’t really care about high quality literature. I enjoy it when I read it, but I want to read a lot of other things, too.

I like eating really bad Chinese food — once in a while.

I like lounging in bed all day with my cat, stack of books, and laptop.

I like running and getting fresh air and going for long walks.

I like editing and giving people feedback and support on their writing.

I like working hard and feeling like I’ve done a job well done– but I really like knowing my work matters.

I like taking pictures even when I don’t like being that person who pulls out their camera all the time.

I am choosing to do things I like.

Thank you, Gretchen Rubin.

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