Books that had a lasting impact on my life (Book 6: Happiness Project)

I remember that I was in an airport in America when I saw The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin. I remember being attracted to it, but I hesitated to buy it. What if it was a bad book? I didn’t want to waste my money.

Then, right before my flight left, I rushed to the bookstore. I thought that maybe it wasn’t available in the Philippines, and I’d regret it if I didn’t get it. A few months after returning home, I saw the book in the Philippines, but I was still happy that I bought the book because I love it.

It is one of the books that I’ve reread so many times. I think I have the same relationship with A Kid’s Guide to Managing Time. There’s just so many practical advice in the book that I haven’t been able to try everything.

The main lesson that I remember the most is this: people succeed in groups. It starts with Gretchen talking to her sister Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s friend cowrote a script for a hit movie, and Gretchen asks if she feels a little jealous. Elizabeth responds, “Well, maybe a bit, but I have to remind myself that ‘People succeed in groups’. It’s great for him to have a big success, and his success is also likely to help me be successful.” It’s true that if your friend succeeds, you can ask your friend for advice, or that friend can point you to great opportunities. So instead of feeling envious, I just think “people succeed in groups”.

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