money CAN buy me happiness (or THP: Chapter Seven)

Or can it?  Both Gretchen and I think, sometimes, it really can. Continue reading “money CAN buy me happiness (or THP: Chapter Seven)”

let me tell you ’bout my best friend (or, THP: Chapter Six)

(This is part six in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. )

One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that I am a good friend.  I’ve been told by more than a few people that one of my strengths is maintaining friendships, and I don’t disagree.  Sure, I have to send the occasional belated (gasp!) birthday card, and lately I’ve let too much time pass between phone calls, but I DO make conscious efforts to invest in my relationships.  Continue reading “let me tell you ’bout my best friend (or, THP: Chapter Six)”

play time (or, THP: Chapter Five)

(This is part five in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. )

Yet again, Gretchen strikes a chord with me when she says, “I prepared to work doggedly  at fun and to be serious about joking around.”  I have to actually WORK at having ‘fun,’ and ‘joking around’ doesn’t even sound like much fun to me at all.  Sometimes, I’m a regular old stick in the mud.   Continue reading “play time (or, THP: Chapter Five)”