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February Bookshelf

I’m a little late in posting about the books I read for February but I just got back from an 8 day cruise vacation! My first cruise ever! It was completely wonderful and I’ll be posting about it soon so stay tuned but that is the reason for my absence on the blog as of late.

Anyway, I am keeping up with my reading resolution for this year and the books I chose to read in February were good ones! I finished The Kingmaker’s Daughter, which I started in January and reviewed last month. I also started and finished D is for Deadbeat and The Kitchen House. I am currently reading Mindless Eating, which is not really a diet book as much as it is an “awareness” book. It’s been enlightening so far. I’ll review that one at the end of this month but here are my reviews for February:

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The Happiness Project

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I recently finished the book “The Happiness Project”, by Gretchen Rubin. It took me a long time to finish it but I finally did. It was an interesting book and so the content really had nothing to do with the time it took me to finish it. I love to read but lately I just find that for some reason I always wind up on the couch watching TV during my down time instead of picking up a good book. It’s a habit I want to change. Reading makes me happy and it’s something I want to make time for which is one of the points in her book (make time for fun) so it’s fitting to mention here.

Gretchen Rubin makes many good observations about happiness and her book is jam packed with great advice on how to be happier. She points out that trying to improve your own happiness isn’t necessarily a selfish goal. It turns out happier people are more likely to help others and less focused on their own problems. Also, helping others is a sure way to make yourself feel happier. This book is full of interesting aspects I never took into consideration about happiness and although Rubin makes many good points about happiness and gives a lot of great advice throughout the book, my two major takeaways from the book were one of her “personal happiness commandments” to “Be Gretchen” (or in my case “Be Stephanie”) and the other was one of her resolutions to cultivate gratitude. Continue reading

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