Ok so I’m still reading Happier at Home and trying to decide what my resolutions should be for each month. I don’t know whether I will use Gretchen’s basic topics for each month, or I will make my own topics using a combination of resolutions and topics from each book! What I do know is that I will have a month dedicated to my possessions, aka the “possessions of a pack rat Edward!! I have already started working , using Gretchen’s resolution of “Going Shelf By Shelf” and kinda her “Build a Shrine”. – to books to be read.
First, I took a look at all my books and realized that they were scattered over several bookshelves and in no logical order. So what I did was take one bookshelf and started to arrange those hardback books that I haven’t read, that are part of a series, of which I have more than one book, in alphabetical order!! Then I arranged the books in each series in the proper order, from the oldest to the newest. Below them on the remaining shelf, I put single books from my favorite authors, again in alphabetical order!! On the remaining bookshelves in the room, I arranged general hardback fiction, making one shelf authors that I don’t know but their books look interesting, paperbacks, not yet organized on another. Civil War books have their own shelf, as do all of the DVDs separated by kind, TV, Music, etc. Finally, the general nonfiction political books and miscellaneous books are on the shelves near my computer. When I was done I was a happy camper, and now maybe I don’t have to look all over the place to find a book! Still to come is the arranging of all of the paperbacks!!! ‘
In addition to my books, I went through all the shelves and storage containers around my desk and sorted and threw out stuff, ending up with a trash basket full of stuff that should have been tossed a long time ago. Once again when I was done my happiness level went up!!
Also I have been thinking about things that engrossed me when I was a child and what generally makes me happy! Yesterday, I did a Google search using “what makes people happy” and this article was the first article that came up!
USA Today: Psychologists now know what makes people happy
The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don’t care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most important, forgive easily.
Now except for the friends part that’s me….more
…..a burgeoning “positive psychology” movement that emphasizes people’s strengths and talents instead of their weaknesses is rapidly closing the gap, says University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin E. P. Seligman, author of the new book, Authentic Happiness. The work of Seligman and other experts in the field is in the early stages, but they are already starting to see why some people are happy while others are not:
The happiest people spend the least time alone. They pursue personal growth and intimacy; they judge themselves by their own yardsticks, never against what others do or have.
“Materialism is toxic for happiness,” says University of Illinois psychologist Ed Diener. Even rich materialists aren’t as happy as those who care less about getting and spending. Full Article
As I am writing this the book Authentic Happiness is in transit to my branch of our county library!! Can’t wait to put it on my pile of to be read books…..I think I’ll read this one though!! So that’s were I’m at a little happier, because things around me are a little better organized, and a lot happier because that little one who became a part of our family back in March is so cute….. wouldn’t you be??