I spotted a deep gray t-shirt and when I turned it over, it said simply 'Game On!'
A shiver of excitement and delicious delight ran through me.
Every time I look at it or think of it, that self-same shiver of delicious delight runs through me.
Games are fun!
Playing is what matters.
There is pleasure in a game well played.
There is satisfaction.
Often when I was younger, I didn't play.
I felt shy and awkward.
I sat or stood on the sidelines.
Lately, I've been playing a lot..
My fun game is genealogy.
It stretches me and challenges me constantly,
but it is always fun.
What is your fun game?
Will you come out and play in 2014?
I do hope so...
A better 2014... just for you
Who doesn't want 2014 to be better than 2013?
Who doesn't want to learn from their mistakes, take better care of themselves and just enjoy life more?
Who doesn't want life to be just a little easier, just a little kinder, just a little bit more fun?
Most of us are too hard on ourselves.
We set ourselves impossible goals and then wonder why we feel so bad.
We drag ourselves through our days and see no light at the end of the tunnel.
We feel like hamsters in a cage, going round and round endlessly.
We know we need to stop but we have forgotten how.
We wish we had a gentler, easier way.
We wish we had an 'angel on our shoulder' to remind us to slow down, to stop being mean to our selves, to take a break from all the rushing and pushing and shoving.
We don't have the time or the money or the inclination for counselling but we really, really want something to change.
This little book is all about change, but not change in a drastic, scary way.
It is about change in small ways, change in increments, change in a manageable kind of way.
It's all about eating the elephant one bite at a time.
It's about paying attention to the little things.
It's about changing small things day by day until there comes a whole day that is different...
a whole day that is gentle and loving and better.
It's about gently dissolving old habits that harm you by placing new self loving habits in their place.
You don't have to do anything radical or anything that involves mining old sad, painful memories.
You can just do one small thing every day for 30 days and see what a difference that makes to you, in your life.
And there are 2 ways to do this.
The first way is simply to buy the book and follow the suggestions.
The second way is to choose 'My Happiness', which will give you the book, a short questionnaire to help you clarify where your biggest challenge lies, and your own personalised suggestions which you can return to again and again as 2014 unfolds.
Whatever you choose, my hope for you is a better 2014.
Happiness is a habit’ is an ideal companion book – as well as using it over a month it is a lovely book to ‘dip into’. Its simple messages really resonate and it amazingly makes you reassess your attitudes. It is a practical, everyday guide that really works! Good to do as a couple, an individual or with friends….but best of all to keep it nearby for yourself!
Author of ‘Women Drive Tractors Too’
"It's quite beautiful in its simplicity but very powerful,
I believe it should be read and re read."
John Michael Cahill
Author of Two Walls and a Roof
"I have enjoyed it so much. Of course I couldn't wait and read it at the pace of a page a day. I read the whole thing as soon as I got it and loved every page, tip, word of advice and the simple, yet profound exercises you recommend.
I have already started on the decluttering tip. I think Thomas Jefferson would recommend it as a companion guide for “the pursuit of happiness.”
Mairead Geary @IrishUSAMom
"LOVE this wee book on cultivating JOY and happiness! What it puts me in touch with is how happiness IS an artform... a cultivation... not something that just happens, but something we engage with intention! It is a practice! the Sacred Art of Happiness! The images infuse me with life giving energy! delightFULL!
Will be returning to this more than once to practice this sacred art. Sometimes, I do forget!"
"When I got a gift of this book, I put it to one side to read later...some months later, after hospitalization and a diagnosis of chronic illness, I picked it up again. And I started reading. Through the surrounding gloom of anger, fear and despair, I started to see a tiny bit of light emerge.
It was a revelation to find out that I could feel so much better from doing a little "happiness homework".
Thank you to Martine and her beautiful little book. With best wishes to all who pick this up."
“Happiness is ” is a simply gorgeous little book to help you become happier day by day. Inspiring, colourful, practical-buy one, slip it in your pocket and make happiness your new habit.”