The Happiness Project Quotes.

1. "For work: I bought some pens. Normally, I used makeshift pens, the kind of unsatisfactory implements that somehow materialized in my bag or in a drawer. But one day, when I was standing in line to buy envelopes, I caught sight of a box of my favorite kind of pen: the Deluxe Uniball Micro. Two ninety-nine for one pen! I thought. That’s ridiculous. But after a fairly lengthy internal debate, I bought four. It’s such a joy to write with a good pen instead of making do with an underinked pharmaceutical promotional pen picked up from a doctor’s office. My new pens weren’t cheap, but when I think of all the time I spend using pens and how much I appreciate a good pen, I realize it was money well spent. Finely made tools help make work a pleasure."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

2. "Happy people generally are more forgiving, helpful, and charitable, have better self-control, and are more tolerant of frustration than unhappy people, while unhappy people are more often withdrawn, defensive, antagonistic, and self-absorbed. Oscar Wilde observed, One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

3. "There is no love; there are only proofs of love. Whatever love I might feel in my heart, others will see only my actions."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

4. "I have an idea of who I wish I were, and that obscures my understanding of who I actually am."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

5. "When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

6. "In fact, for both men and women—and this finding struck me as highly significant—the most reliable predictor of not being lonely is the amount of contact with women. Time spent with men doesn’t make a difference."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

7. "Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

8. "There are times in the lives of most of us, observed William Edward Hartpole Lecky, 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."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

9. "A sense of growth is so important to happiness that it’s often preferable to be progressing to the summit rather than to be at the summit."
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

10. "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. —G. K. Chesterton What’s"
- Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

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