Happiness project

Yes, I am reading Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The happiness project‘ and I am not ashamed to admit it either. ‘Cause, you know, well, it works, it gets me thinking and stuff.

So I was sent home today by my boss (well, ‘boss’ is such a big word, she’s too nice to be called ‘boss’) to go do some sports and take care of myself. In fact, I was sent home to just do whatever it takes to get me feeling better again. After working out for over an hour (which I hadn’t done for weeks), after a much needed nap and after a very long and very warm shower, it was time for my daily photo. What to do today? I remembered my own personal commandments which I had listed for my own happiness project, and in particular #4: Act the way I want to feel. Well, I hate feeling the way I feel at this moment, I just miss my happy old self. And so for today’s photo I was going to act the way I wanted to feel. I wanted to smile again, I wanted to be happy, so I acted happy. Funnily enough, now that I look at the photo it’s not just a portrait of me acting the way I want to feel. It’s a complete summary of all my personal commandments: be me, let go, enjoy the process, be happy now, do it now, be positive, approach each day with enthusiasm, and (but maybe this one not as much as the others) be patient. Which basically means that taking this photo sums up, well, ME. How nice is that. Maybe life is not so bad after all.

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