Monday, May 30, 2011

Happiness Blog Hop

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop. You should have arrived from This Kalil Life. Make sure to check out Scrapping Mojo next.

I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin several months ago. I think it is part of what helped me get back on track with my blog. I realized that keeping up with my blog makes me happy and is important to me. Not writing made me feel guilty and sad.

I wish I had kept a notebook nearby while I was reading the book. It was one of the first books I read on my Nook, and I used the notes function a lot, but I haven't figured out how to pull them up again! If I had read a paper based book, I would have been underlining and writing in the margins.

One of the aspects of the book that I thought was interesting was that the author is not a scrapbooker, but she acknowledged the importance of preserving memories and "taking time for projects" (that is actually one of her goals for the year). Scrapbooking is one of the ways that I fulfill both of these goals for myself.

Scrapbooking makes me happy because I know that I am keeping memories for my family and future generations - and for myself. I have kept a journal/diary off and on since I was about 8 years old, and I started keeping scraps and bits and pieces of things when I was in middle school, with the intention of putting together a scrapbook eventually. I really started this hobby - this documenting - for myself. I want to capture every moment that I can. I am happier when I am documenting my life.

The creative aspect of scrapbooking makes me happy too. I love the bright colors, and the doo-dads and knick-knacks (known to scrapbookers as embellishments) that I can use to decorate my pages. I'm drawn to quilting - especially scrap quilts -  for the same reason. It's the bits and pieces and the color that make my eyes light up. Well, that and the photos (I love photo quilts too).

In Rubin's section on being a treasure house of memories, she writes about the research behind happy memories. Studies show that happy people recall happier times easier and depressed people recall sad times easier. I do believe in scrapbooking both good times and bad, but this research makes me want to preserve happy memories for my family that much more. This includes not just scrapbooking, but creating photo books and framing favorite family snapshots to help us remember happy moments.

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 FunI fully intend to blog more about The Happiness Project. Just reading the book lifts up my mood!

I hope that you will check out the other blogs along this happiness blog hop, and enter the giveaway by our host, Scrapworthy Lives.

To enter the giveaway from Scrapworthy Lives, be sure to comment below! You can earn one entry per blog. So that means if you visit everyone’s blog and comment on each of their blogs, you can get 13 entries! All entries must be posted by Friday, June 3 at midnight Central Standard Time (Chicago, IL, USA). Stephanie will ship anywhere in the world. The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 5 on Scrapworthy Lives.

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Unknown said...

I've read The Happiness Project, too, and it is full of wonderful ways to make us more mindful of all the good things in our lives. Yes, there are bad things along the way, but I believe our attitude determines which times we'll remember.

Sharis said...

I also read this book and liked it. For me I feel I need to eliminate clutter in my life, so for me I am still really on chapter one.

Stephanie Medley-Rath said...

Nice post. Glad you have read the book, too. It really is amazing that the author is not a scrapbooker! Thanks for participating in the happiness blog hop!

Ade said...

I look forward to hearing more about your thoughts on the Happiness Project. It's on my "to read list".

Sara said...

Blogging also makes me happy!

Liz said...

Loved this book too -- also loved what you said about wanting to highlight parts and write in the margins. I borrowed my copy from the library so couldn't mark it up for myself...think I may have to go get a copy for reference and reminding... Sending happy thoughts your way! :-)