Non-fiction/self-help types of books are typically a "slow pace read" but it is most of the time worth it. The risk you have to take is that it can be preachy. Who wants to be nagged at? It demands a person's open-mindedness or willingness to see things in a different light. I did get so many "happiness" ideas from Gretchen Rubin, to name a few, I have tried:
- reading children's literature
- avoid snapping and dumping
- exercise better
- tackle a nagging task: clothes I need to take for alteration, clearing up old stuff I never really use and can be given away
- launch a (new) blog
- tried to acknowledge the reality of people's feelings
- take time for projects (usually a weekend thing for me, my random trips to Quiapo, craft projects)
- contemplated on starting a (new) collection: vinyl
- give something up (let go! let go!)
- find more opportunities to laugh out loud
I am still not perfect and have not 100% completed my happiness goal. I like to think that happiness is a lifetime project, a lifestyle that you need to build for yourself.
Lastly, the key to happiness (the one thing that I felt I was able to absorb from this book) is to continuously refine your character. To sum it up, I need to stop the negative thoughts about myself and avoid saying negative things to other people. It's a real challenge to be human... but there will always be a way (scientifically proven) to be truly happy.
Indulge on good things and stay on the positive side of things.