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I finally finished The Happiness Project while on vacation. Even though I loved the book and took tons of notes, it took me 3 months to read it. I’d pick it up, read a chapter and set it down and not touch it for weeks. Overall, it’s a book I’d keep for my shelf to read again and again down the road so I give it 4 stars!

I learned a lot from The Happiness Project about how to be more grateful for the ordinary day and have already come up with five of my own {with the help of Gretchen} happiness resolutions {in no particular order}: 

  1. Don’t Save Things for Special Occasions because life is too short to save your good anything for later because truly, later may never come! I guess that means it’s time to drink that expensive bottle of wine, send notes on my monogrammed stationary, spray the perfume, wear the heirloom jewelry, serve dinner on the china, burn the candle, etc. etc. My list could go on. My new motto – “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” 
  2. Be More Forgiving, Generous and Lighthearted. This also includes cutting people slack even when they are rude. You never know what’s going on in their life.
  3. Be Present
  4. Remember Birthdays. I know how much I enjoy receiving birthday calls, texts, cards and emails so I am making it my mission to do the same for others.
  5. Six Second Hugs. Matt and I love this new resolution and swear by it. Six seconds is the minimum time necessary to promote the flow of oxytocin and serotonin, mind boosting chemicals that promote bonding! No more quick or half-hearted hugs!

 I recommend reading this book even if you consider yourself a really happy person. You will definitely learn a thing or two!
Okay, so now I need a new book preferably a trashy romance! I’ve already read Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, The Expats, The Paris Wife, The Happiness Project, Little Bee and a few others I can’t remember. I’m looking to stock up on a few page turners for the rest of summer! I don’t really enjoy super girly novels but I do love suspense and mystery! 
What do you recommend?!

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Monday 19th of August 2013

I just started "Where'd you go, Bernadette?" and it's pretty funny! I'm only 1/3 into it but I think I could probably go ahead and recommend. A quirky page turner so far!


Friday 16th of August 2013

Love your happiness resolutions! Did you mean oxytocin and serotonin? OxyContin is a long acting prescription narcotic pain medicine! Ha! It would likely make your feel really good, though!

Carolina Charm

Friday 16th of August 2013

I 100% blame autocorrect for those!! oxytocin and serotonin!!!!!! So glad you caught that! :)

Classic Collins

Friday 16th of August 2013

I read the Happiness Project too!! It was so good! I flew through it but that's just I've been on summer vacation... Such a fun and happy read! & with soo many good ideas :) I love your new motto too! Gretchen tweeted me back & I was so excited! Here's my post about it:


Thursday 15th of August 2013

Since you read Gone Girl and Sharp Objects you need to go ahead and read Dark Places (I liked it the second most of the 3...)


Thursday 15th of August 2013

I love your happiness statements! I think I will try reading the Happiness Project myself, it sounds great. I'd recommend Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, was recently made into a movie but its a pretty unique book/story. I read it last month and really enjoyed it. Easy, teenie-bopper type read and fun.