I’ve been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, so naturally I’ve been thinking about how to be happy – or rather, how to be happier.

And it struck me that one of the things that resonates the most with me from the book is the emphasis on growth. Apparently, we need to move forward, be better, to feel happy.

This is Rubin’s first “Splendid Truth”. In her words:

To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.

I thought about my own life. It’s pretty good. I get to write for a living, I have quite a bit of time to do as I please, I just moved into a new apartment, I got married, I can buy a book anytime I please. All is well.

Yet, I’ve been feeling restless for quite a while. A sense that things are not as they should be.

And it becomes clear that it is a lack of growth. Nothing dulls the spirit like stagnation.

So, I need to move. And yes, I shall.

[Image via A Beautiful Mess]


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