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Weekends Are For Resting

Weekends Are For Resting

  • "Weekends Are For Resting" originally appeared in the May 2024 "Weekender" issue of COMO Magazine.
The Happiness Project | Book Mockup by Marcinjarka

Is it just me or does it feel like we are all moving faster than usual and trying to accomplish more than ever? I find myself feeling exhausted in a way that isn’t solved by a good nap. In fact, sometimes naps make things worse, because I feel guilty for not being productive. As I talk to my sisters and friends, I find that it’s not unusual for a lot of us to feel that way. Rather than try to keep up and do more, I decided to do something different this weekend. I retreated to a wonderful farm in the woods, drank coffee overlooking an amazing field surrounded by woods, and did absolutely nothing. Except pick up a book.  

I decided to read The Happiness Project again. I had read it a long time ago and remember it being an enjoyable book. However, I felt this was a good time to revisit it as I am at a whole new point in my life, and I was excited to see what would be revealed to me this time around. Truthfully, it was just one of those moments when a book calls to you and tells you it’s time.  

In short, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is like joining a friend for a year-long coffee chat about finding joy in everyday chaos. Think of it as a DIY happiness makeover, with Rubin as your upbeat coach. Each month, she tackles a different area of life, from decluttering her closet to nurturing friendships and finding her groove at work. From her battles with procrastination to her “aha” moments, she lays it all out there sharing her wins and struggles.  

I am seeing this book in whole new ways. As I read it, I am taking brief notes on my phone of ideas that are coming to me during each chapter on how to not just agree with the book but to put the principles into action. One of the first things I made a note of was to get more sleep. Ironic as I am currently writing this at 10:25 p.m. which is way past my bedtime.  

Throughout the book, Rubin serves up practical tips and tricks for boosting happiness without breaking a sweat. Whether it’s starting a gratitude journal, scheduling regular date nights, or embracing your inner child with a new hobby. What Rubin suggests isn’t complicated or new, but it is shared in such a relatable way that it feels attainable.  

At its core, The Happiness Project is all about finding joy in the little things and embracing the messy, beautiful journey of life. It’s about flipping the script on happiness, realizing that it is not about chasing some elusive dream but savoring the here and now. I am so guilty of thinking “I’ll rest when…” or “I’ll be happier when…” I want to be my best now. Not later. And I am finding the answers of how to forge a path to that in this book.  

So, grab a cozy blanket and settle in for a feel-good read that will leave you inspired to shake things up and live your happiest life — because as Rubin reminds us, happiness is a choice, and it is never too late to start making yours. I will be making mine.

Erica Pefferman
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