Saturday, March 1, 2014

the happiness project: getting started

Hiyaa! Been living under a rock for days now 'cause my laptop is freakin' buhrokenn. Finally thought of squatting downstairs, in our good ol' desktop, to accomplish a little something for ze blog today. 

I digress. Let's talk about this awesome book I'm currently reading -- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. If it sounded like a self help book, that's because it is, actually. I bought it back in 2012 {surprise, surprise!} when I was having a li'l life drama. Heehee! I finished a single chapter and left the rest hanging, just like that! Anyare sa "I loathe unfinished businesses" ko? Haha! Oh well.. It was a tough time back then. At least I finally got to pick it up again, thanks to my recent visit to the doctor. I couldn't have survived the morning waiting game without it.

Let's start off with how Gretchen {sorry guysss, first name basis na kami} got the idea of writing the book. She had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in a city bus, no less, that the days are long but the years are short. She felt like time is passing and that she's not focusing on the things that really matter. In a flash, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. She chronicled her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. ❤

I was hooked, yet again, the moment I started reading it. She began by giving a general picture of her life -- her husband & two kids, her work, where they leave, her parents & sisters, her friends.. She knew exactly that she has so much to be happy about yet admitted to feel dissatisfied at times. She said.. "I had everything I could possibly want -- yet I was failing to appreciate it."  Sapul ka? Ako rin eh! That line alone, I knew the book will help me realize all the good in this life.

Here's another line that hit me like a moving truck.. "When life was taking its ordinary course, it was hard to remember what really mattered." Just.So.True!! There are a lot of things that I failed to take into consideration back when I was too busy making a living. For one, I forgot that I needed to take care of my health. Kung hindi pa ko napompyang ni Lord, malamang, nagpapakamatay pa rin ako sa pagtatrabaho. I may not be the best person to give you an earful, but at least listen to this, STOP FOR A MOMENT AND THINK. What do I really want? What are the things that really matter to me? Let's drop for a second that we're trying to outlast everyone else. It'll make a huge difference.

Here's one more.. "Just because I wasn't depressed didn't mean that I couldn't benefit from trying to be happier." I believe it's a wrong connotation that when one reads books like this, that person isn't happy or worst, depressed altogether. The way I see it, that person is only wise enough to prevent a difficulty that can possibly come. Gretchen said.. "I didn't want to wait for a crisis to remake my life." True, true and true! Why didn't I think of those words first? Hahaha! Asa naman ako!?
She also shared her resources, greatest minds from Plato to Oprah! She also has these lists, Twelve Commandments and Secrets of Adulthood. I have yet to appreciate all of them as they get applied in her monthly journey. I'm sooo psyched to share more of the book. Ha! I've almost memorized the things she wrote for January. :P

Also, HELLO MARCH! Something tells me this is gonna be a fun month! Starting off with my father's and cousin's birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU TWO!! This psycho loves you! ❤



June | Life and Spices said...

Napakatotoo nito Apple. Sometimes we tend to disregard things and people around us, but it really dont take so much for us to be us to be happy and feel fulfilled.

Sybil said...

oohh.. i wanna read this book!!! :D happy march!

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Czarina Mae said...

So interesting nung book. Parang eye-opener sya for the things we take for granted. And sobrang tinamaan ako dun sa "I had everything I could possibly want -- yet I was failing to appreciate it." Guilty bee over here! :(

Can't wait to hear more about the book from you!

Shayne ♥ said...

it sounds a little similar to this book my dad is forcing me to read lol pero a little lang, cause this sounds more personal and something people can easily relate too. the other book i was talking about is - power of now - na try mo na yun sis? ay nako its too weird and difficult to understand for me, tinulugan ko sya lol. going to check if this has an aduio book version :)

Jewel Delgado said...

omg! i was like that before, na sobrang workaholic ko. then when i read this quote: take vacations: go as many places as you can. You can always make money. You can't always make memories! eto ung url ng image:

Yan yung peg ko. grabe noh?! nakakainspire.. kaya work hard, play hard din :D

Melgie Campbell said...

The book is so interesting, Sana we are just neighbor I would love to borrow yours hehehe. Happy March:)

Imemily said...

Just read your previous long post about the feed...hmm I have no idea about it too...
would you like to follow each other to keep in touch?
Please, let me know! ;)
Follow me and I will follow you back for certain
(leave a blog link at my blog after follow so I can go back ur blog again)

Mindy Fan said...

This seems like such a nice book to read. I really love reading stuff like this because it reminds me about life and how we sometimes take things for granted. I kinda want to read it now !

Apple Borbon said...

@june. naks! oo nga eh, kaya we need to stop from time to time to think about things.

@libys11. gooo, it's gonna be worth your time. happy march!

@czarina mae. next post about the book is on queue, i promise! :)

@shayne. sounds interesting din. i'm going to research about that book. heehee!

Apple Borbon said...

@jewel. thanks for sharing! haha that's why you seem to be an advocate of fun.

@melgie. hahaha if i can only lend you the book after i'm done. :P

@emily. thanks for dropping by. sure dear, i'll check out your blog. :)

@mindy fan. yaay glad i got you interested. go, read it & tell us what you think.