Spring and a Few Thoughts on Happiness

I recently listened to the audiobook of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Although gimmicky (Rubin spends a year trying various projects to enhance her happiness), the book made me think a lot about my own life and what makes me happy. And many of the things that make me happiest are not necessarily things I like doing right in that moment – exercising consistently, practicing viola consistently, keeping the house clean, waking up at a regular and fairly early hour. With that in mind, I started two different groups on Facebook to help me stick to my exercise and practicing goals. I like to do those activities alone, but I also need accountability and some social interaction. The practice club is a week old and it’s been great so far. The three of us are working through the Flesch scale book, one key per weekday, and checking in with each other when we’re done. The exercise group just started today, so I’ll have to let you know later how it goes. It helps that I’m in Korea, since I’m 13 hours ahead of the U.S. east coast and feel pressured to lead the way with my routines.

At any rate, I had a great day today, with an Insanity re-start, the key of G minor, and some household tasks accomplished. In the afternoon, the weather was beautiful, so I headed out to Yeouido Park, about 20 minutes and 2 trains away. It was gorgeous there, perfect temperatures in the high 60s, and flowers starting to bloom all over. I made it home before it started raining, so I timed my visit perfectly.

I saw this giant fish sculpture on the way to the park from Yeouido Station
I saw this giant fish sculpture on the way to the park from Yeouido Station

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I thought this many-limbed tree was really interesting
I thought this many-limbed tree was really interesting
The park had a lovely walking path with a slightly spongy surface (and there was a totally separate path for bikes!)
The park had a lovely walking path with a slightly spongy surface (and there was a totally separate path for bikes!)

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I love the juxtaposition of the flowers and skyscrapers
I love the juxtaposition of the flowers and skyscrapers

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