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The happiness project

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Spark Friend Magnolia has started a Spark team that will work with the book "the happines project" by Gretchen Rubin. That goes well with my plans for 2014 so I joined. Ordering the book from Amazon told me it will be until february before I get it, maybe I should have invested in the kindle version but I thought I needed paper to read and reread. I got a sample to read and from the "Getting started" I do recognize:

"It was time to expect more of myself. Yet, as I thought about happiness, I kept running up against paradoxes. I wanted to change myself but accept myself. I wanted to take myself less seriously – and also more seriously. I wanted to use my time well, but I also wanted to wander, to play, to read at whim. I wanted to think about myself so I could forget myself. I was always on the edge of agitation; I wanted to let go of envy and anxiety about the future, yet keep my energy and ambition"

Among things I think will make me happier is working for causes I believe in - as I have written before I attended a manifestation against racism and xenophobia but I thought it was kind of easy just to participate there, I was looking for something more substancial.. and yesterday a friend wrote on facebook "it starts at four in Rottneros, who will join". As I know he is involved with a refugee-camp with people from Syria I googled around to find the place, assumed it was "fridaycoffee" he meant and decided to go. Eighty kilometres and when I arrived I found out it was a celebration dinner!. The people living in that village has been very helpful since the camp opened in late november last year - they have collected clothes to give, they go there in the evenings to teach swedish as the "official" swedish for foreigners have not started yet.. and they go for coffe and small talk on fridays. This, the refugees wanted to show their appreciation of so they had collected money among them and as there were cooks and pastry chefs among them, they produced the most delicious meal! And I participated -rather unwarranted but I "earned" it by throving myself into a footballgame with some men before dnner - this game:

it was fun - we couldn´t speak, I used my only arabic phrase "jalla,jalla" (fast,fast) and then the guy in my team knew a little french as do I so we parled petit-peux...and then the dinner:

it was delicious and I learned some new words: "shukran" (thank you) and "tayib" (good)

That, together with "jallajalla" at least showed my good will.

Then I drove home again but in the car I realised that my paper needed to report something, I had not seen any reporter from us, only from the other paper and the radio so I stopped by and wrote a rather short piece, not a pulitzer winner sas I had not planned to do it at all, but I am still proud that I did it.

A happiness project in the making!
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    Great blog! I too will head on over and join you in the Happiness Project Team!
    1631 days ago
    What an adventure for you! Thanks for sharing it with us. The Happiness Project sounds interesting. I guess I've got a lot to do first before I deserve happiness, but someday I will.
    1632 days ago
    I'm so glad you joined the team, MeddyPeddy! The passage you quoted about paradoxes really touched me too!

    If anyone else is interested, come on by:

    That's a nice story about the Syrian community in Sweden. I hope they find peace away from the terrible conditions in their homeland. The food looks good, and what a nice idea to integrate old and new residents!

    I've seen a Swedish movie called Jalla Jalla!
    1632 days ago
    1632 days ago
    That is touching to hear how the village welcomed the refugees! Here in my country there are acts of hate and protests when new camps for refugees are opened. Very sad.
    1633 days ago
    Sounds wonderful!
    1633 days ago
    What a truly worthwhile project to start the new year. Your happiness will be mirrored by the joy of the others that you interact with. The article you were able to dash off should be a hit!
    1633 days ago
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