The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

Book by Gretchen Rubin

the highlighted lines:



* periods of deprivation to sharpen pleasures

* writers sould recharge themselves with languagefree occupation

* what do you think when you sit on the toilet seat?

*TV is great if you are not watching it in a stupid way

*passion enjoyable is that you do not have to worry about the results.



* detach-embrace. loose-deepen

* the fact that you do not want to try meditation means that you need it desperately


* true rules

* the things that go wrong – often make the best memories

* hawthorne effect / placebo effect

* being in a different neighbourhood at an unusual time of day heightened my awareness of my surroundings

* happiness does not always make you feel happy



* “a heart to be contended ”

* it is easier to complain than to laugh, easier to yell than to joke around, easier to be demanding than to be satisfied.

* “Act the way I want to feel”

* Sleep is the new sex

* May is the new september

* Vulnerabilty is the new strength

* I had to give up my pride, my defensiveness, my self centredness

* what is fun for other people – may not be fun for you

* always make water when you can

*  “shield your joyous ones”

* it is easy to be heavy – hard to be light

* pollyana game

* ……. when people’s minds are unoccupied – they tend to drift to anxious or angry thoughts.

* distraction is a powerful mood altering device

* do good – feel good – feel good – do good.


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