Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Happiness Project

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” 
                                                                                        -- Aristotle
Has it been exactly a month since Bapa is wonder  I am the perfect candidate for books like - Why Smile, The Happiness Project...given to my bouts of melancholy and ennui this month...I struggle to fill my time with tasks, activities, friends and this elusive Joie de vivre.

I really enjoyed reading - Happiness Project, Gretchen has a wonderful style of reaching to the heart of the matter - her 12 commandments inspired me to think of my own
  • Live  life on your terms
  • Love Hard
  • Live like there is no tomorrow
  • Don't Compare
  • Express Gratitude
  • Enjoy your successes 
  • Embrace your failures and learn from them
  • It's ok to say - Bonjour tristesse sometimes because Sadness teaches you what happiness is!
Like Gretchen, I am an unadventurous soul...I live my life vicariously through books, food and movies...I  like to stay close home  - enjoying the peace and quiet, watching the roses bloom and the fluttering humming birds snuggled in a warm toasty comforter with my cup of chai. So maybe for me happiness is about...letting go...finding peace and accepting the present.I mindfully am trying to do a lot of the things Gretchen talks about in the book - build vitality, be an aware parent, be less of  a nagging wife (yeah! right)...these past two weeks I have cooked a lot and exercised a lot...incidentally here is the last food picture I had emailed to Bapa on March was K2's dinner - Lentil Crepes better known as Adai...isn't it appropriate that the last thing I shared with him was around food and the last thing I told him was - Bapa, I love you.

Miss you Bapa....there will always be love!

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