WISDOM OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, by Gretchen Rubin

  • “An important part of happiness is managing your moods, and studies show that one of the best ways to lift your mood is to engineer an easy success, such as tackling a long-delayed chore.” (p. 35)
  • “To feel more energetic, I applied one of my Twelve Commandments:  “Act the way I want to feel.”  This commandment sums up one of the most helpful insights that I’d learned in my happiness research:  although we presume that we act because of the way we feel, in fact we often feel because of the way we act. (p.35)
  • “Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together, and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.”
  • Samuel Johnson:  “It is by studying the little things,  we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness, as possible.”
  • “. . .  I wanted to be more lighthearted, especially in moments of anger.”  As G. K. Chesterton pointed out:  “It is easy to be heavy:  hard to be light . . .  I knew I’d be more lighthearted and loving if I didn’t feel overwhelmed by mental or physical disorder.” (p. 41)
  • “. . .  nagging doesn’t work.” (p. 42)

Finally:  DON’T EXPECT PRAISE OR APPRECIATION. (p. 44)

Philippine Faces

Virgie owns Virgie's, the quintessential Bacolod pasalubong store.

Virginia O. Chua owns Virgie’s, the quintessential Bacolod pasalubong store.  You wnat caramel and mango tarts? Go straight to Virgie’s.  You want tamarind candy?  Go straight to Virgie’s.  You want barquillos?  Go straight to Virgie’s.

Self just loves Virgie's sense of style!

Self just loves Virgie’s sense of style!

The Pretty Doctor: Mary Stephanie R. Varela, whose specialties are internal medicine and cardiology.

The Young Doctor: Mary Stephanie R. Varela, whose specialties are internal medicine and cardiology.

The Medical Secretary:  Dang Facturan

The Medical Secretary: Dang Facturan

The Teachers, Pampanga Agricultural College:  Jaime Marie Serrano, Ivy Gay O. Salvador, and Maydeen D. Guevarra

The Teachers, Pampanga Agricultural College: Jaime Marie Serrano, Ivy Gay O. Salvador, and Maydeen D. Guevarra

Teacher/ Host Jaimee Serrano:  She accompanied self everywhere in Pampanga and maintained the most cheerful decorum throughout.

Teacher/ Host Jaimee Serrano: She accompanied self everywhere in Pampanga and maintained the most cheerful decorum throughout.

The Assistant Dean, Pampanga Agricultural College Program of Languages and Literature, Alawi Canlas:  She was responsible for bringing self to the school.

The Assistant Dean, Pampanga Agricultural College Program of Languages and Literature, Alawi Canlas: She was responsible for bringing self to the school.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

1st Friday of the Month: Talisay

The Reclining Christ in the Talisay cathedral had people lining up to touch His feet:  There's a small opening in the glass case for people to reach their hands through.

The Reclining Christ in the Talisay cathedral had people lining up to touch His feet: There’s a small opening in the glass case for people to reach their hands through.

The church in Talisay is very beautiful:  it was built by the Recollects, who arrived in the Islands in 1606.

The church in Talisay is very beautiful: it was built by the Recollects, who arrived in the Islands in 1606.

After visiting the Church, self went to the market.  The ukay-ukay here is tremendous.  She bought three tailored cotton shirts for a grand total of 75 pesos (just under $2).  She tried them on:  perfect fit!  Then she took the jeep back to Bacolod (Only one transfer:  each leg was 8 pesos, for a total of 16 pesos, about 35 US cents).  If only self had had the courage to take pictures while riding in the jeepney!  Incredible:  more and more people kept coming in, and self was squashed right between two schoolboys.  She was balancing her stash of five shirts from the hukay-hukay, and 1 kilo of lanzones (2.2 lbs, and she probably overpaid, judging from the way the lanzones vendor broke out into a big, toothless smile when self handed over her payment.  But the lanzones were huge, and very sweet.)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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