So I’ve been wanting to read more for leisure…and we probably all have a stack of unread books lying around. Well, I’m finally taking the steps to actively pursue that particular want in my life. Usually when we spend money on something, it provides some motivation. But I know that’s not enough for me. Ultimately, I need to find a variety of ways to help push me forward, such as:

  • Share publicly on this blog to hold myself more accountable
  • Spend good money on books
  • Put reading time onto the schedule as a required task

It might seem drastic, but we all have to find our own ways of doing things. I used to spend hours just curled up reading, lost in another world. I miss those days.

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During my vacation in the USA, I took the opportunity to buy an Amazon kindle. Of course, they just announced a new touch version¬†that costs even less than what I paid for the old one. But instead of kicking myself for being behind in the game, I realized that my kindle is perfectly good for my needs. No regrets. I’ve invested the money, now let me put it to good use.

I first experimented with the many free kindle book downloads, but have finally settled on a real book for my reading list, The Happiness Project by¬†Gretchen Rubin. The book has received good and bad reviews. It’s always a bit subjective, whether a piece of Art will resonate with you or not. But you will never know, if you don’t try to experience it, right?

I’ve always been intrigued by the study of happiness, the science of it. And lately, I’ve really been motivated by the project format as well…bite-sized goals that form the whole of our lives. And what is even more interesting…the fact that someone doesn’t have to be unhappy to look for happiness.

I think that I’m very much interested in the topic because I vacillate¬†between two extremes in my personal life. From feeling overly content about all the goodness in my life – nothing to complain about. To feeling the nagging itch of wanting more, to discover more, to be happier – doubting my happiness on the spectrum of happiness – if there is such a thing. Do we “normal” people not have the right to want more? To the point, why do I feel like I’m asking for too much? I can just imagine a stereotypical gossip judging person saying to me, “You should be grateful for what you have.”

Ugh. I hate that kind of shaming statement. Boo to you, whoever you are. But I know that it’s an internal struggle, because I’m the one imagining up judgements and feeling conflicted. Thus, I have decided to ignore negativity from within and outside (if any). Instead, I will put my efforts towards my own happiness project. Happy reading to you!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-United States Declaration of Independence, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia