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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Happiness Project

I started to listen to this book on tape - I had heard of it a year or so ago, and it was on the sale shelf at Audible during their last big promotion.  I'm enjoying the book, though some of it is rather, er, confronting.

In the introductory chapter, she lists her "secrets of adulthood" - things that she has learned are actually true, even if cliche or counter intuitive.  I find them rattling around in my head since reading them:

The days are long, but the years are short.
Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes a glitch.
It’s okay to ask for help.
You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you LIKE to do.
Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.
What you do EVERY DAY matters more than what you do ONCE IN A WHILE.
You don’t have to be good at everything.
Soap and water removes most stains.
It’s important to be nice to EVERYONE.
You know as much as most people.
Over-the-counter medicines are very effective.
What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you — and vice versa.
People actually prefer that you buy wedding gifts off their registry.
Houseplants and photo albums are a lot of trouble.
If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.
No deposit, no return.



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