I once came upon the quote, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Over the past few years I’ve really increased the amount of time I spend reading and now consider it to be a hobby. I had the opportunity to lead a group of Drake colleagues in a book read for Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project this past month. While I’m usually not attracted to “self-help” type books, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this read and how the author emphasized changing your life without changing your life. I highly recommend this book and after reading it I don’t really think of it as a “self-help” book at all. Rubin emphasized being present and aware in our day to day actions. Maybe others consider that self-help; I don’t.
Here are a few of my favorite take-aways…
The days may be long but the years are short. Time moves quickly and life can pass you by…but only if you let it.
Be present and appreciate now. This actually relates to the photo I chose for this post. I love spring and hyacinths are my favorite flower. Take the time to recognize what’s going on around you and be appreciative for what you have and what brings you joy. These flowers actually enhance my mood the few weeks they are in bloom.
Act the way you want to feel. There really isn’t much more to add to this one! If you want to feel upbeat, adjust your attitude and it will be reflected in your actions.
Be Yourself! I believe it is easy to get caught up in what others expect from us; so much so that we forget our own potential and what really creates a sense of happiness and personal meaning. Do what you like to do and do it well!
I won’t ruin any more surprises for you! If you have read this book, what was your opinion? Any favorite take-aways?