First of all, I’d like to take the chance to extend a warm welcome to our many new readers. March has been a month of surprising new growth, not just outside with the early spring but for our blog, and we are genuinely happy to have you all join us.
The happiness that comes from knowing that readers enjoy our work is a true and long-lasting reward. But what about other kinds of happiness? The more fleeting, less sustaining kind?
This month at 4 Mothers, we are looking at The Happiness Imperative. It seems that lately, you can’t swing a cat without hitting someone’s happiness column. Sarah Hampson has one in the Globe & Mail, Chatelaine has its own Happiness Plan, and, of course, there is Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, both book and blog, and soon, her Happier at Home, the much-anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Project, will hit the shelves.
But is all this advice and striving to be happy what we should really be pursuing? Is there a down side to the barrage of advice on how to be happy? Here is an interesting article on the pressure to be happy from Psychology Today.
How about you? Do you find that there is a happiness imperative? Please do join in our discussions this week.