This has been a very big and contemplative weekend for me, for a few reasons.
1. I finally finished my first capstone thesis, the result of almost a year of research and writing. One down, one to go.
2. This is the week is a week of anticipation about a position. It’s just a job and just one year, but has kept me on my compulsively-email-checking toes.
3. A friend shared this TED talk with me about the power of vulnerability (http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html) that has me reevaluating my relationships. As it turns out, it might be beneficial for me to share more with people, despite the fact that being vulnerable makes me feel a little anxious and squeamish. It was an incredible video to watch that made me both feel thankful that I watched it and sort of wishing that I hadn’t in the sense that I have a lot to act upon now.
4. I’ve finally started (and almost finished) reading The Happiness Project, a book by Gretchen Rubin about her year-long search to find and harness her happiness. Happiness has been a bit of a pet issue of mine for quite some time now. In fact, my first word was actually “happy” and I was able to do some research on the topic while in Denmark, which is reportedly the happiest country in the world despite its very bleak winters. This book inspired the beginnings of my own internal dialogue about happiness, and I’m realizing that there are many things I’m doing right (hooray!) and many things I can improve upon. The first thing I have been trying to consciously make an effort on is showing my appreciation more. As someone who needs affirmation myself, I hope that showing my appreciation will improve the moods of the people around me, who are very much awesome, helpful, and hugely influence me.
My challenge for this week to myself: go buy some blank cards and mail them to people both near and far that I appreciate. Tell them why. Don’t expect any response – and be pleasantly surprised if one happens. It’s important to try not to base your happiness on other people and to rather find it inwardly, or so says the book.