A handful of my wonderful friends (MJ, Joy, Clare & Erin) have been busy reading a wonderful book, “The Happiness Project,” by Gretchen Rubin. And now Erin and some wonderful women have started a Be Happy Linkup movementdiscussing this book and how they are all working to achieve happiness in their own lives…something I’m happy to be contributing to, today.
I haven’t read the book yet…but I will tell you that I’ve read the first 6 pages on Amazon, and it’s waiting patiently on my nook for me.
And if you don’t know what the book is about…basically, it’s an autobiography about Gretchen’s quest for happiness during one year of her life.
For me, I feel like I’ve been on my happiness project for more than a year. Somewhere around the time I turned 30 was when my eyes started to really open up, and I started thinking, “what if”?
Up until that point, I kept certain people in my life, cuz well…I thought having them in my life was a benefit. They were of no use to me however. Always bringing me down, never lifting me up, and manipulating me whenever they got the chance.
Unhealthy friendships and relationships.
And the worst part…I let them!
I didn’t realize it then, but they were like the “fat” on a protein rich steak. Unhealthy for me, and prone to causing blockage on my heart.
I had to cut that fat out of my life.
If I wanted to be happy, successful and healthy…those people had to leave my life.
For the most part, some coincidentally did leave my life altogether. And for the rest…well, it’s just plain rude to kick someone to the curb. So I decided one day that the only way for them to “leave” me was to not let them affect me. And by doing that, I gained, not only my confidence (that for so long was missing) and my happiness. I felt a surge of strength and tenacity at their “departure”. And it made me realize just how much I value myself.
“You are only as good as the company you keep”
A famous proverb/quote with a lot of meaning.
When you surround yourself with positive people, people who appreciate you, who inspire you to be greater than you think you are…those are the friendships and relationships that will help to bring you happiness.
Ever had to cut the “fat” out of your life?