Confession: I’m a self-professed “self-help” book addict.
After a particular gnarly breakup two years ago, I began my relentless pursuit of researching everything I could on happiness. What is happiness? How do I hang onto it? How do I make more of it? Why am I so goddamn heartbroken over this asshole?
Decked out in dark sunglasses and a hat, I would prowl the Indigo aisles, hoping nobody would notice me as I nervously perused the “Chicken Soup” section of the store.
But then, as I poured over mountains of books, blogs and research, I realized that the study of happiness actually had a legitimate name: positive psychology. And there were really smart people devoting their lives to this branch of psychology – backed up by real studies! Real data!
I now wave my self-help book flag loud and proud; no longer hiding my small army of feel-good titles behind more impressive ones in my bookcase. These books have had a profound impact on my life in so many ways. There is nothing embarrassing about reading about others’ experiences of self growth.
Every time I’m reading a new gem, I’m immediately thinking about which one of my friends would benefit from it. One of my all-time favourites (if not ultimate fav) is Neil Pasricha’s “The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything.” Hands down one of the best written and entertaining reads on happiness out there.
One of my friends, Mr. P, has been going through a particularly rough time as of late. He’s been trying to figure out what to do his life, whilst juggling insane family pressure and trying to navigate the perils of modern dating (#tinderhell).
There are times I’m not sure how to help him – not able to find the words to let him know that shit’s going to be okay. I feel helpless when he was always able to so effortlessly make me feel safe during my worst days.
Maybe this book will provide some guidance like it did for me; or maybe he’ll hide it in his bookshelf. Who knows?
Either way, here it goes. My official launch to my 365 Days of Kindness Project.
Total Cost: $21
(Easiest $20 I’ve ever spent.)