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Currently Reading: The Happiness Project

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There was a time in my life when I LIVED for getting lost in a good book. Somewhere along the way things changed and these days, the only place I find myself getting lost is on the streets of New York City, online and social media. In an effort to get back to the basics and things that truly bring me joy (like escapism), I decided to pick up a book. I’ve seen quite a few folks talking about “The Happiness Project” by Gretchin Rubin and everyone seems to love it. I’m just a few pages in so it’s too early to judge, but if “The Happiness Project” website – which is impressively interactive – is any indication of this book’s impact, I’m in for a lovely treat. The site features an inspiration board which shares countless happiness-related quotes posted by Gretchin’s readers across the globe. Following are a few that caught my eye:

Live a good life. In the end it is not the years that count, but the life in the years. – Abraham Lincoln

I am strong because I know my weaknesses. I am compassionate, because I have known suffering. I am alive, because I am a fighter. I am wise, because I have been foolish. An I can laugh, because I have known sadness. – Unknown

Habit is overcome by habit. – Thomas A. Kempis

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen. – Anonymous

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find hamony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. -Einstein

Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest. -Unknown

As everyone’s favorite happy ambassador, Pharrell, would say, “Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth!”

Here’s to a lifetime of happy, ladies. Remember, it’s a CHOICE.

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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