The Happiness Project

“Like a Boy Playing on the Seashore”

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”—Sir Isaac Newton

* I’m very excited for my friend Therese Borchard—her excellent book, Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes , is about to hit the shelves. I met Therese online through her highly regarded Beliefnet blog, Beyond Blue (“a spiritual journey to mental health”), and when she came to New York City, we actually got to meet in person. I read an advance copy of her book, and it’s extraordinary. It’s an honest discussion of what she’s gone through—manic-depression, alcoholism, plus some other challenges – but Therese manages to be funny even while she’s discussing all this and how she dealt with it.

* Interested in starting your own happiness project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at grubin, then the “at” sign, then gretchenrubin dot com . (Sorry about writing it in that roundabout way; I’m trying to thwart spammers.) Just write “Resolutions Chart” in the subject line.