“The days are long, the years are short.”
That is the thought that started Gretchen Rubin on a year-long happiness-seeking odyssey, which led her to become a New York Times and an international best-selling author for her book “The Happiness Project”.
Her second book, “Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life”, is out today, and to celebrate just how wonderful being happier is, each day this week I’m reposting and updating my articles from 2010 about her first book, “the Happiness Project”, which I loved. Hope they make you happy!
Now, say it to yourself, very slowly with your full attention: “The days are long, the years are short.” Let it sink in.
What Gretchen was thinking, and through her book was telling us is, it’s time to get more out of life! To be happier and to become more fulfilled. You see, no matter how long the days seem, the years are flying by!
Do something today – anything – that moves you closer to your dreams. Be a tad braver, a bit kinder, and a smidgen more positive, too. Work smarter, play harder, love more, complain less. (I know it’s hard to get back into the groove of things since it’s the day after a holiday, but precisely because the “The days are long, the years are short”, today is the perfect time to do it. And, I know you can; I believe in you.)
Then repeat what works, and stop doing what doesn’t, because after all, “The days are long, the years are short.”
Okay? Great! We agree; it’s time to get started on the life you really want! Super!
Oh, and stop back here tomorrow for more posts about “The Happiness Project”, there is absolutely no reason you have to do it alone.
If you want to feel more positive and energized,
Happiness can be a way of life!