Friday, December 30, 2011

Secrets of Adulthood

Upon learning of my bed rest, my dear friend Ouiser sent me The Happiness Project. It's a book that has been on my mental To Read list for a while, but let's be honest, there are probably hundreds of books on that list and I'm generally pretty terrible at making time for reading. (Notice I don't say I don't HAVE the time to read, I falter at MAKING the time - big difference)

Anyway... I'm a whopping 14 pages into the book and it already seems great. Inspiring, but in a practical way. Also, it dovetails nicely with some life realizations I made a few months ago regarding happiness. But we'll talk more about that after I finish the book.

In the meantime I wanted to pass along her comical, yet accurate, list called Secrets of Adulthood. You'll see yourself and probably half the people you know in various parts of the list. Let me know which of the items strike you.

Secrets of Adulthood

People don't notice your mistakes as much as you think
It's okay to ask for help
Most decisions don't require extensive research
Do good, feel good
It's important to be nice to everyone
Bring a sweater
By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished
Soap and water remove most stains
Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes a glitch
If you can't find something, clean up
You can choose what you do; you can't choose what you like to do
Happiness doesn't always make you feel happy
What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while
You don't have to be good at everything
If you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough
Over-the-counter medicines are very effective
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good
What's fun for other people may not be fun for you - and vice versa
People actually prefer that you buy wedding gifts of their registry
You can't profoundly change your children's natures by nagging them or signing them up for classes
No deposit, no return

(image via wee decor)  


Giants Fan said...

i got the book from the library last year and like you I had time but did not make time to read the whole book. I wrote that entire list out and it is still hanging on my kitchen door. She nails so many things on the head. esp about mistakes, that also applies to wight,hair our what ever you want to add in. I know i really liked what I read so I got it on my kindle 2 days ago. I will be interested in reading others comments.

Ouiser said...

the two very practical items that have totally rocked my world: bring a sweater and (essentially) take an advil. she talks in the book about being cold-natured and that just keeping herself warm goes a long way towards making her happy. so, i've been keeping warm and instead of acting like my headaches will go away, i take an advil. i'm a much better person this way. really, such simple ideas, but mind blowing. also, the wedding gift registry. i don't think anyone realizes this until they get married, but it is SO true!!

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