The name of my blog isn’t just an attempt at half-hearted self-deprecating humor; I have actually indulged in some self-improvement research recently. It started when I picked up Gretchen Rubin’s stunt non-fiction best-seller, The Happiness Project, which, though mostly cheesy and often times forced, made me reframe life a little bit. Not just my life, but life in general. How we spend it, how others look at it, how we improve upon the lives we lead. So when I finished the book, I jotted down some of the titles for “further reading.” I know.
That led me to The Art of Happiness, which is essentially a 300-page interview of the 14th Dalai Lama, trying to get to the bottom of how we can all lead happier lives. I started watching Oprah’s Lifeclass, and then I moved onto Super Soul Sundays, another show on OWN. This dude named Mark Nepo was on, talking about something he wrote called The Book of Awakening. So I started reading that. He also mentioned Eckhart Tolle, who wrote a bunch of books on self-improvement, spirituality and enlightenment, and so I went to the library and got The Power of Now, which I’m currently reading. Some of it isn’t my thing, but it’s pretty cool to learn how other people look at and experience life.
Why does self-help stuff get such a bad rep? I’m digging it.