Last week I mused on happiness. Here are Four Splendid Truths from someone else who’s given this emotion a lot of thought – Gretchen Rubin is the best-selling author behind The Happiness Project, the memoir of a year spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, scientific studies and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. So, from a feel-good guru:
- To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right in an atmosphere of growth. This is about nurturing certain feelings but as Gretchen points out the sense of growth – learning, advancing, getting better at something – is also key. Purpose and achievement are a big part of happiness.
- 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.
- The days are long, but the years are short. This is a call to live in the Now – to see what Gretchen means check out her one minute movie here.
- You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy: You’re happy if you think you’re happy.