Cheerful Anecdotes

Day 5 of 7

a book that makes you happy

Just one? Being near books fills me with happiness. The feeling when I walk into a bookstore or library is pure relief, it often feels like a reunion of old friends. If I had to chose one book that evokes happiness I would pick most of Laurie Notaro’s pieces. I find her hilarious and her stories are always amusing.

7530The first book of Notaro’s that I read was AoaFB, and I’ve been a loyal reader ever since.

In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie contemplates family, home improvement, and the horrible tyrannies of cosmetic saleswomen. She finds that life doesn’t necessarily get any easier as you get older. But it does get funnier.

via Goodreads

Her short stories are filled with events that could happen to you. I love her writing style and her stories about her Mother and Nana. She makes the mundane sound entertaining. If you want a good laugh, pick up one of her books to peruse.

Be honest with yourself; set the alarm for the time the Real You will get up, not the Ambitious You, because the Ambitious You doesn’t really exist.

–Laurie Notaro, Autobiography of a Fat Bride

Come on get happy…what are some of your happy reads?

Cheerful Anecdotes

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Come on, get happy.

What made you smile today?

It is ten days into the new year and I’m still writing each day. My resolution was to do more, but I really wanted to create a habit of writing. I’ve read that it takes between 21-28 days to form a habit. I think it is easier to kick a bad habit in that many days but to acquire a good habit it should take longer. Another article states that in order for a good habit to stick 66 days are needed. Hogwash, maybe.

Some advice to try is tackling a small habit instead of a larger goal. I’m trying to increase my writing output. I want to develop a habit of writing every day. So instead of focusing on writing daily I am developing the small habit of getting on my computer and online. So I feel accomplished by just opening up my laptop. I don’t have to write, but it’s already open and ready so a little more effort won’t hurt.

Ten days in and I still feel motivated to write, I know toward the end of the month I might be struggling with this but I will still be accomplishing my small habit of logging on each day.

Any habits you’ve formed or given up? Best advice you have for others?

If You’re Happy and You Know It