One last “Happiness Project” thought

Last Monday in May – Happy Memorial Day, and one last look back at Gretchen Rubin’s wonderful book, “The Happiness Project”.  If you have not read it already, I hope you do, I really enjoyed it.

In honor of the holiday, I will keep it short, and quote (italics and all) Gretchen’s “Second Splendid Truth”:

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.

One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”

Gretchen’s “Truth” was a reminder for me that I could create the life I wanted by thinking and doing more for others; dropping my scorecard and my complaints; turning-down my whining a notch or two, and washing away any lingering grudges with the soft soap of friendship, love and family.

A good reminder on a holiday that honors the many, who faced their fears and gave their lives so we could exercise “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Special thoughts today for all who have served in the armed forces or have loved ones currently serving, and sincere condolences to those who have lost a loved one while he or she was serving our country.


  1. There was a saying I once heard that if you want change, you must first change yourself because change comes from within. There was another saying, Smile and the whole world smiles with you (I’m paraphrasing I don’t remember if it’s smile or laugh, both still means the same) My point is…I think it’s time we stop basing our happiness on external things. Happiness is from within. And when we are happy with our selves, everyone else will feel it and see it. Or if that doesn’t work for you…try volunteering for children, try making them happy. For sure, you won’t realize it, that they made you happy instead.


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