I love this book, Bonjour Happiness. I took it to San Fransico with me and read it for the second time. However this time I read it much more slowly, and always in a french bakery near my hotel as I had no money to shop. For hours I would sit eating delicious pastries and coffee and make little notes how to improve my happiness according to the author's suggestions. Jamie Cat Callan made a brilliant observation that happiness does not cost money. I implemented her suggestion to make a "happiness profile" consisting of a small list of things that don't cost a lot of money but can bring you great pleasure. Since I have four kids in a rather small farmhouse, I am constatly frustrated by the mess. So I decided to give up the battle and focus on what I can actually control.
1. Keep my bedroom room clean, especially my vanity, so I can primp and put on makeup without the feeling I need to clean it first.
2. Keep my little breakfast nook clean so I have one spot in the house I can relax and enjoy a cappucino with madeleines.
3. Collect eggs from my crazy collection of chickens: frizzles, silkies, auracanas, americanas and silver seabrights. Let them out to entertain me while I drink a morning coffee in the garden if it's not raining.
4. Relax and read a good book. Make the kids clean up their own mess.