Key Points from Book: The Happiness Project

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy- Robert Louis Stevenson

Friendship is a key to happiness

People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think

Most decisions don’t require extensive research

It’s okay to ask for help

By doing little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished

What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while

Never start a sentence witht he words ‘No offense’

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence-Aristotle

Being happy energizes you, and at the same time, having more energy makes it easier for you to engage in activities that boost happiness

Getting one extra hour if sleeo each night would do more for a person’s daily happiness than getting a $60000 raise

Regular exercise boost energy levels, although some people assume that working out is tiring, in fact, it boosts energy, especially in sedentary people

When the student is ready, the teacher appears- Buddha

Hawthorne effect, in which people being studied improve their performance because of the extra attention they are getting

Eliminating clutter would cut down the amount of housework in the averge home by 40%

My mother made me feel thst nothing eas insurmountable if I did what i knew ought to be done, little by little

Walk around your apartment and ask yourself, if you were moving, would you pack this or get rid of it?

If you can’t find something, clean up

Writing a list was sort of fun, but then I had to face the prospect of doing tasks that I’d been avoiding, in some cases for years

Although we presume that we act because of the way we feel, in fact we often feel because of the way we act

Destructive role in relationship:
Stonewalling, defensiveness, criticism, contempt

How a couple fight matters more than how much they fight

It takes at least 5 positive marital actions to offset kne critical or destructive action

Although men and women agree ithat sharing activities and self disclosure are important, women’s idea of intimate moement is a face to face conversation, whike men feel close when they work or play sitting alongside someone

By being happy myself, i was better able to try to make other people happier

One is not always happy when one is good, but one is always good when one is happy-wilde

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor thing nor that, but simply growth-William Butler Yeats

Happy people work more hours each week and they work in their free time too

Enthusiasm is more important to mastery than innate ability, it turns out, because the single most important element in developing am expertise is your willingness to practice

Between the ages of twenty snd forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity

The arrival fallacy is a fallacy because, though you may anticipate great happiness in arrival, arriving rarely makes you as happy as you anticipate

Recalling happy times helps boost happiness in the present

Depressed people have as many nice experiences as other people, they just don’t recall them as well

Any single happy experience may be amplified or minimized, depending on how much attention you give it

You can choose what you do, you can’t choose what you like to do

Our lives are in the space between Isaiah Berlin’s “we are doomed to choose and every choice may entail an irreparable loss”

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talenearer, strife ceases- Proverbs 26:20

Having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness

Everyone has to make to make up their mind if money is money or moeny isn’t money and sooner or later they always decide that money is money

Happiness depends on how much money you have relative to the people around you and relative to your own experience

It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that if you have something you love or there’s something you want, you’ll be happier with more

Happiness and misery consist in a progression towards better or worse, it does not matter how high up or low down you are, it depends not on this, but on the direction in which you are tending- Samuel Butler

Of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme- Buddha

So often, it’s only after calamity strikes that we appreciate what we had

There are times in the lives of most of us when we would have given all the world to be as we were but yesterday, though that yesterday had passed over us unappreciated and unenjoyed

The days are long, but the years are short

Grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives, they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising

Happiness, some people think, isn’t a worthy goal, it’s a trivial, american preoccupation, the product of too much money and too much TV. They think that being happy shows lack of values, and that being unhappy is a sign of depth

Refusinf to be happy because someone else is unhappy, though, is a but like cleaning your plate because babies are starving in India.

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself

Mindfulness brings calmness and elevates brain function, it gives clarity and vividness to present experience, it may help people break unhealthy habits, and it can soothe troubled spirits and lift people’s mood. It reduce stress and chronic pain. It makes people happier, less defensive, and more engaged with others

Mindfulness comes with meditation

People succeed in group

Merely being conscious of eating makes people eat more healthfully, and one wat to encourage yourself to eat more mimdfully is to keep food diary


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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