I think Saturdays are going to be ‘quote day’ on my blog. Its no secret that I love quotes for reasons that I wrote about earlier so I figure I might as well go for it. Its not an original idea – it was definitely inspired by Gretchen Rubin over at The Happiness Project blog – well worth the read. She spent a year test-driving different theories about happiness, and has documented what theories work and what ones aren’t worth your time.
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” –Einstein
I was flipping through a journal I keep of quotes and this was the first one I came across.
The down-to-my-toes happiness I’ve been feeling since being here (in spite of the not-very-many-hours of sunshine) definitely comes from the fact that I have many somethings to be enthusiastic about: the projects I am doing at work, the people I am working with, other people that I have met, the beautiful view from my window, the daily walk to and from work, ‘coaching’ learn to skate for 4-5 year olds.
This is similar to what I wrote about before arriving, in my post on attitude: “Dear future self…find something to do that you feel positive about doing, and do it”. Its not quite as eloquent as Einstein, but it holds the same amount of truth. I am grateful that I haven’t had to search far and wide to find things I’m enthusiastic about and for being at a place in my life that I am able to be here and enjoy it so immensely.
Happiness isn’t always the easiest thing to find. I am so glad that I have found it so quickly in Iqaluit.