..for my PPSD.
To treat what I figured is my most worrying synptom - the loss of joie de vivre - I have decided to revisit Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.
I know I have lots to be happy about. There are lots of little sparks of joy, but it's as if they rarely burst into flame anymore.
As ever my inner critic asks Isn't it selfish to think about your own happiness when so many people are suffering? Gretchen Rubin also asks this question and reminds me that studies show that happy people are more altruistic, more forgiving, generous, helpful, charitable, have better self control and are more tolerant of frustration and are more able to make other people happy. I have often thought that the only guaranteed way to increase the happiness in the world is to be happy myslef, so on that basis I will embark on a new Happinesss Project.
Will you join me? What is there to lose after all?
When I first used this book I did it over a year, took what was useful to me from it and it was a big (and rewarrding) exercise.
This time round it will be a mini project. I am listening to the book on Audible and finding it amusing and entertaining. I am jotting down ideas that I think will be useful to me. The first ones are about energy and vitality...
PS Turns out I had a Yay moment myself today! The huge happiness boost of a hug from my younger daughter - the first in 15 months. Sending you virtual hugs and hoping you get real ones very soon.