The Happiness Project

Writer Gretchen Rubin’s #1 New York Times bestseller, The Happiness Project, is a memoir of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happy — from Aristotle to Martin Seligman to Thoreau to Oprah.  The book hit the shelves in December 2009 .  As one of the hundreds of happiness experiments she conducted during the research and writing of the book, she started a blog, in which she recounts her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness.

The blog includes truths and myths about happiness, which Gretchen invites readers to discuss, a Happiness Project Toolbox, Wednesday tips, and lots of other information that make for interesting reading.

What tickled me, and started me reading her blog, was a June post in which she interviews Mark Frauenfelder, the founder of the popular website BoingBoing – “mischievous fun for higher primates”, and editor of Make Magazine.  His book Make By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throw-Away World came out in May.

I was enjoying reading the interview, and then I got to this question, and his answer:

Is there anything that you see people around you doing or saying that adds a lot to their happiness, or detracts a lot from their happiness?

I like hanging around people who knit. They are usually in a good mood. People who are staring into their iPhones *and* demanding your attention at the same time are not as much fun to be around.

Well, there you have it!  Knitting, or just being around knitters, adds to your happiness. (Just reading that made me happy, see how well it works?)    You can read the whole interview here.

On a somewhat related note,  the Knitting Today website has an entire line of Knit Happy products – I especially like the little knitting notebooks…

What makes you happy?  If you’re down, what do you do to give yourself a happiness boost?


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