I was feeling a bit like I was sleep walking through the day so, this afternoon during my lunch break, I took a stroll through the bookstore downstairs. While I was perusing the new releases, I stumbled upon a table that seemed to be entirely covered in books on finding happiness. Happiness at Work, A Course in Happiness, The Nine Rooms of Happiness, and the one that caught my eye: The Happiness Project.
Perhaps the recession has left us all in search of something uplifting. But, generally, I feel our society is down in the dumps. And re-reading the first sentence of this blog post, I realize I might be too.
Flipping through one of the above-mentioned titles, I came across the following piece of advice: "Take an inventory of your life. Make a list or description of what you have going for you. Then make a list of the all the 'ifs' you think would make you happier--the 'if' I had this, then I'd be happier. I'm not usually a believer in self-help editorial, but I was feeling particularly needy today, so I figured I'd give it a try.
So here's my inventory:
I am 23 years old, living in New York City on my own paycheck. I'm a pretty decent cook, I can run a half-marathon, and I have a steady job, a fabulous roommate, and a boy I love who loves me back. My family is supportive and involved in all that I do, and my friends know just how to bring the light I need into my life. I know how to speak French fluently, and have a wonderful vacation planned for late May. Writing comes quite naturally to me, I was born with a fairly proportional body, and luck usually seems to be on my side. I accept that I am not perfect, but try my hardest. Life in general, has never really been that hard.
And here are my ifs:
If I had a higher-paying job, then I might be happier.
If I had a more fulfilling job, then I might be happier.
If I had more time to travel, then I might be happier.
If I focused less on the ifs and more on the nows, then I might be happier.
Huh, maybe there is something to this happiness trend after all...
Book club, anyone?