My newest reading obsession is this website called The Happiness Project. The author is trying out every tip or theory on happiness out there and reporting the results on her blog. It's a clever idea, and she's working on a book of the same title so I'm curious to see how the blog and book compare when its all done.
She has posted 20 tips for cheering yourself up (from 1820) - something that I've been needing lately. Who hasn't? Anyways, here are the ones that got me right here (thumps chest):
1st. Live as well as you dare.
3rd. Amusing books.
5th. Be as busy as you can.
6th. See as much as you can of those friends who respect and like you.
7th. And of those acquaintances who amuse you.
8th. Make no secret of low spirits to you friends, but talk of them freely—they are always worse for dignified concealment.
11th. Don’t expect too much from human life—a sorry business at the best.
14th Be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue.
15th. Make the room where you commonly sit gay and pleasant.
16th. Struggle by little and little against idleness.
17th. Don’t be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself, but do yourself justice.
Read the rest here.
I loooooove #1. I will add it to "go for pleasure, not perfection" as my personal mantras. But in order to do that, I also have to work on #14, #5 and #16. In other words, I'm in a funk, and my fingers freeze up whenever I sit down to write. My brain is mush. I guess that takes care of #8!