I Still Could Have Used A Little Chocolate …

22 Apr

After having a tough day and not having any chocolate in the house, I came across some email about the Must Read Books on the Art & Science to Happiness.

Science of Happiness? What the hell is that?

When you’ve had a suck-ass day what you want is the science of a good cacao bean going to work, or the awesome sound of a cork popping off a Lambic Framboise bottle. This is the art of my temporary happiness. But I’ll take what I can get right now.

So I read on …



The email featured people like the Dalai Lama, who is probably genuinely happy. I mean he looks peaceful enough. I mean he met Brad Pitt, why wouldn’t that make you happy right? I can support this dude’s words. He supports “inner peace among chaos”. That seemed to be right up my alley today. I might have to read up on his The Art of Happiness.

Then you got the dude that has the Stumbling on Happiness book. What is that? I hate it when people fall ass-backwards into something fantastic and here you are swimming up-stream like a fish with no fins. The title alone is not gonna do it for me.

Then it was The Happiness Hypothesis. I like that fact that the author uses hypothesis and happiness as his title. He’s testing out a theory. I like it. I might check out his “Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom” through old school philosophers like Plato and Buddha.

Then I ran into a book that was right up my Chapstick-type of girl mentality.


Something called the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, a sort of enlightening and pragmatic guide to happiness for someone like me — a stressed out mom and writer who feels like George Costanza at times. I have yet to read it. I bought it and it’s sitting on my stand, but by the time I get to bed I’m exhausted. But I will read it. Chapter 1 tonight, or at least part of it. I was happy to at least own one of the books on the list.

Eat, Pray, Love. Awesome I loved reading it. It wasn’t on the list but I remembered it. Elizabeth Gilbert‘s life was in shambles at the time — inner turmoil– and she came through it all right in her travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia. If your life has ever been a wreck this book is for you. I need to take it out of my book pile. If your life is peachy keen, well I don’t know.

All these books, but I needed a quick fix tonight. I couldn’t read all of them, or even one tonight. I’m a slow reader. I thought it would end up a crappy night until I re-read one of the quotes on my computer:

“The elevator to success is broken … you’re going to have to take the stairs.”

I realized that this not only applies to my career, but to my life in general as a mother, as a daughter, as a person. I don’t know who said it, but they are badass.

However, I still could have used a little chocolate.


5 Responses to “I Still Could Have Used A Little Chocolate …”

  1. Greg Frucci April 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM #

    “The Art of Happiness” is one of the best books I have read…the others? For me at least, I do not know not having read them. The Dalai Lama speaks to those of us who are not Buddhists…and he even states that he’s not trying to “convert” anyone…he just really is a peaceful dude and wants to spread the Peace even when he is having a crappy day. My guess is that he would smile at someone speaking this about him.

    thumbs up on the book.


    • The Guat April 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM #

      Thanks for the read. I’m glad that he too has crappy days, but manages to find peace at those times. I have yet to find “it” without chocolate. I might have to read his book so that I know how to do this 😉 I can only take one happy book at a time. 🙂

  2. eof737 April 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM #

    Love how you wove all those great reads into a funny post on happiness. Love it. 😉

    • The Guat April 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM #

      Thanks. I try to find funny even when I’m down in the dumps trying to find happiness. Doesn’t always happen, but I’m glad when it does.


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