So I know I said I wasn’t going to post about the Happiness Project for another 50 days, but I have an interesting story. I heard from someone I know, by text message, who told me that my nonrandom acts of kindness was a shallow ploy to bring attention to myself and pat myself on the back: “How did you come up with such a self-centered and vapid concept? Praising yourself publicly for being a decent person. That’s a new low in shallow and insecure.”
Not nice, and we won’t get into the very complex problem of who that person is or where that all came from, but it’s an interesting point. And that’s actually the reason I wanted to stop updating so often. I didn’t feel right talking so much about the simple things that I do to make people happy. It did feel a little icky. But I was writing the weekly updates because I wanted to be accountable for what I said I was doing, and to make sure I had at least one smile daily. It’s pretty easy for me to float through a day without interacting much with anyone, tending toward introversion sometimes as I do, and I found it to be a nice challenge to put myself out there. So, like I said… I’ll be checking back in with the “list” of 50 things in another 50 days, so you don’t have to read about how awesome I am every week. Unless you want to. Do you want to? Nah.
There is good news, though! The good news is that my friend lent me a copy of the book written by the woman who inspired this whole project, Gretchen Rubin. The book is, of course, The Happiness Project. And here’s the Happiness Project blog, which is really where the idea for my project came from. I’m going to read the book and report back as I do.