“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. —ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON”
“During my study of happiness, I noticed something that surprised me: I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies. I find greater value in what specific individuals tell me worked for them than in any other kind of argument—and that’s true even when we seem to have nothing in common.”
“I wasn’t depressed and I wasn’t having a midlife crisis, but I was suffering from midlife malaise—a recurrent sense of discontent and almost a feeling of disbelief.”
“I grasped two things: I wasn’t as happy as I could be, and my life wasn’t going to change unless I made it change. In that single moment, with that realization, I decided to dedicate a year to trying to be happier.”
“They say that people teach what they need to learn. By adopting the role of happiness teacher, if only for myself, I was trying to find the method to conquer my particular faults and limitations.”
“People are more likely to make progress on goals that are broken into concrete, measurable actions, with some kind of structured accountability and positive reinforcement.”
“I had my own idiosyncratic priorities, with many items included on the list that other people would have omitted and many items omitted from the list that other people would have included.”
“According to Aristotle, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Epicurus wrote, “We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.””
2.1.17 Modification: this is a great book, her methodical approach to such an abstract concept is admirable to my OCD, Type A, Control freak tendencies. I am leaving this in my cue to complete, but now is not the right time to fully appreciate her work.
After finishing Dark Places and Year of Yes, my soul is craving dark and twisty, mixed with humor. My heart isn’t in the right place for self exploration, and dangit it’s my list and modifications are allowed. I will finish Happiness Project this year, it just won’t be now. I’ve decided to shift to two other reads that are more what I’m in the mood for:
Feel free to read with me 🙂 I’m starting with Janet Evanovich and will post my favorite quotes like I’ve done with the other books.
Tricky Twenty-Two – started 2.1 finished 2.5
Sharp Objects – started 2.6 finished