I'm excited to announce that I've created -- yes! -- a coloring book. Check it out: The Happiness Project Mini Posters: A Coloring Book of 20 Hand-Lettered Quotes to Pull Out and Frame.
It was a particular delight to be creating a coloring book now, given my recent obsession with color, and accompanying obsession with beautiful markers and colored pencils.
Also, it's a big trend across the United States. (Is coloring becoming a popular adult activity in other countries?) More and more adults are returning to the coloring books they loved as children.
Great idea! Coloring boosts happiness for many reasons.
1. Coloring is calming, even meditative.
The activity of coloring helps to focus the mind and rest the body in a constructive, creative way. In this book, you're coloring various quotations, and II hope that the quotations, too, will inspire quiet reflection.
2. Coloring is very satisfying, because there’s a special pleasure in doing things with our hands.
Very often these days, we’re sitting behind screens and living in our heads. Like activities such as knitting or tying flies, coloring allows us to connect with the physical world, in the present moment. And there’s something about the repetitive, wordless nature of the work that boosts creativity and energy.
3. Coloring is a great activity to do with other people.
Research shows that a secret—probably the secret—to happiness is strong connections with other people. Coloring is fun to do with other people. It’s companionable, and allows for conversation, and at the same time, gives a sense of shared purpose.
With my sister Elizabeth Craft, I host a podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Many people have written to tell me that they like to color as they listen to the latest episode—the two activities are highly compatible.
How about you? Do you like to color? And if so: markers or pencils? Or both -- I love both.
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