torn out (sort of): the happiness project
I'd heard a lot about this book, and after spending the past week or so reading it, I can understand why. It's this fun combination of practical ideas that you've read in other places and interesting research and statistics that you may not have; and the author has graciously consolidated all of that into one book and complemented it with her amusing stories and genuine reflections. I found a lot of simple wisdom and value in these pages!
Since it's a library book, the options of marking up the pages or tearing pages out doesn't make the best sense. However, there were a few passages that really spoke to me in one way or another...
"Nevertheless, although [the Week of Extreme Nice] was a valuable experiment, I was relieved when the week was over. I couldn't keep up the intensity of being that Nice. My tongue hurt because I'd bitten it so often." (Admit it - you're laughing and thinking what a great line that last sentence is.)
"I wanted to stop hoarding, to trust in abundance, so that I could use things up, give things away, throw things away...I often found myself thinking 'That's a good idea, save it for another day.' Why? Why delay?" (on the concept of "spending out" - i.e. not keeping something to use "later")
"Therese's example shows that ordinary life, too, is full of opportunities for worthy, if inconspicuous, virtue." (This was an interesting pairing with a concept from my Bible study, about the way some people are given big assignments and others little ones.)
So many other things I want to remember, as well...looks like I'll have to get a copy of my own.
Where I am: home