Happiness Is…Taking a Vacation.

Farewell for a week–I’m off on a family vacation. It’s time for an “island of leisure,” as William Edward Hartpole Lecky put it: “Pleasure is a jewel which will only retain its luster when it is in a setting of work, and a vacant life is one of the worst of pains, though the islands of leisure that stud a crowded, well-occupied life may be among the things to which we look back with the greatest delight.”

“But Gretchen,” you may be thinking, “how can I possibly get along without a daily post about happiness?” Ah, all you need to do is to pick up a copy of The Happiness Project or Happier at Home. I can’t resist adding that both books were instant New York Times bestsellers, and The Happiness Project has been on the bestseller list for two years now. Yes, two years. Zoikes.

To learn more about Happier at Home, you can…

To learn more about The Happiness Project, you can…

  • Read sample chapters
  • Watch the one-minute book video
  • Request the one-page discussion guide or spiritual discussion guide
  • Listen to a sample of the audiobook (that’s me, reading from the Introduction)

Off I go–I’ll be back in a week. How about you? Have you taken a vacation recently?

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  • peninith1

    Have a wonderful time with your family!

  • AmyJB

    Enjoy that vacation! One day I realized that my children don’t remember the day-in, day-out details of our lives because they are so routine. Think of how many hours we have spent with them, feeding them, bathing them, taking them here and there, doing homework – it goes on and on but they will have very little recollection of the details of our daily life together. The vacations stand out against that routine background. My children are older now, 14, 12 and 8. There is a lot of bickering and fussing which happens among two boys and a girl so long car rides can be taxing. Last Christmas, we were in the van driving to my parents and I received an unexpected gift. One of my children asked the others, “What was your favorite meal on our vacation last summer?” They had a real, grown-up conversation with one another for 20 minutes or so, dredging up memories from many of our vacations. It was beautiful. I just listened and didn’t say a word because I knew if I got involved, it would be over. Vacations are worth the time and money!

  • phoenix1920

    Hope your vacation is wonderful and filled with things that are special for your family. Last year, we had so much fun, traveling to DC to see the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, the reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, and then the reenactment of the first public reading of the Declaration on July 8th in Philly. This year, we enjoyed The Smokies, with horseback riding, salamander hunting, whitewater rafting, and caving. Times like these helps to rejuvenate me for the rest of the year–and the girls love having stories to tell their friends when school starts back–which is today for us.

  • older happy traveler

    Vacations are memory makers for your family. I am so happy that we saw much of the US while our daughter and son were young. It is also great for parents to look back on those happy sharing times. We are often almost different people on vacation with our children; relaxed, funny, and child like ourselves. The children blossom during travel it is a wonderful educator. They gain a desire to continue travel and hopefully will one day take their children on trips. The early you start they become use to travel and become wonderful travelers-no fussing in the car! It is important to travel and take vacations while you are an age when you are healthy and able to do things such as hike, crawl through caves, climb mountains, explore Nat’l Parks and Sites like Mesa Verde which requires some stamina to reach the dwellings. I know now that my happy memories sustain me when I know that I cannot do those things now because of health concerns. Get out and Enjoy now—It will supply HAPPY MEMORIES for your lifetime.

  • Christine

    We always take a vacation in July because our schools and sports practices start in mid August. We love a beach vacation. We get a house on the beach so you can step right out onto the sand and see the ocean the minute you wake up. I have a 17, 15 and 11 year old and it so nice not to have look at the giant family calendar in the kitchen every night before bed to see what everyone has to do the next day. We walk, bike, read, cook, eat and relax and just get to be together – which is so hard to do when we are back home.

  • Holly

    National Parks are therapeutic vacations! I’ve always found inspiration and relaxation in the parks. May you be rejuvenated on your travels.

  • Lisa

    Enjoy! I’m sure you will be doing a lot of reading- I hope you share how your summer reading project went (a leisure book per weekend I believe?) 🙂