Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Happiness Symbols

Yesterday, Gretchen Rubin (author of the great book The Happiness Project) posted her own "8 Auspicious Symbols" of her happiness project. For some reason, the symbols really resonated with me. I kept "seeing" her cow symbol (representing her family) throughout my work day today, and it made me want to figure out my own happiness symbols, so I could recall them and help guide my thoughts to my happiness project.

Anyway, here are my "8 Happiness Symbols" and the reasons behind them:

1. Birthday Candles - to remind me to celebrate traditions

2. Orthodox Cross - a reminder to live my priorities

3. Red Balloon - reminder to "let go"

4. Zig Zag Bridge - my happy place, a place of truly being in the moment

5. Teddy Bear - reminder to be gentle, with myself and others

6. Fish - my husband (his nickname was Fish back in the day)

7. Peacock - represents my daughter (named after Flannery O'Connor, who raised peafowl)

8. Oak Tree - representing family

Now perhaps when I'm driving in between clients, my own happiness symbols will flash into my head, and provide me with a little happiness inspiration.

What are some meaningful symbols in your life? I'm really interested to hear! (I mean it!)


  1. Please tell me that you will never ever tell teen Flanna that her symbol is a peacock. I feel that will scar her for life! :-)

  2. just read your post and finished Gretchen's book. I am a peds OT and a wife and mom too! Good luck on your happiness journey....

  3. Kelley, hah, I never thought of that as being embarrassing for her! Peacocks are beautiful! :) And Rythm, thanks for checking out the blog! Seems that we have a lot in common!

  4. I saw the nice mention from my blog, The Happiness Project, here! I very much appreciate those kind words and you shinning a spotlight on my work!! Thanks and best wishes,

  5. Thank you, Gretchen, for taking the time to visit here!