Moody Reading 

Beardie’s guest blog got me thinking about self reflection and how and when I reflect.

Knitting the Moody Blanket means that I’m taking a bit of time at the end of each day to reflect and think about what my mood has been throughout the day. But I’m also finding myself reflecting whenever I have some quiet time…perhaps whilst driving or brushing my teeth!

I often find I need a nudge to give myself some quiet time and stop my mind racing around. I recently started using head-space and I find the guided meditation a really effective way to clear my head and get a good night’s sleep – particularly when I’m away with work.

I tend to use reading as a way to quiet my mind and I’m currently enjoying escaping to Hogwarts each night! I also enjoy reading books which are not an escape as such – but have made me reflect, altered the way I view the world and in some way ‘changed’ me.

Yes ManOne of these books was Yes Man by Danny Wallace. I haven’t seen the film because it sounds pretty awful and nothing like the book! And when I re-read the book a few years back it was nice to read but not as amazing as I remembered. But it had such an impact on my life at the time and continues to do so.

I think the effect this book had on my life was a lot to do with timing. Yes Man begins with Danny Wallace sitting around playing computer games and making excuses not to go out. Then, after being told by a stranger to ‘say yes more’, he decides to say yes to everything for a year…and much hilarity ensues! At the time I was not long out of uni, feeling rather negative, a bit overwhelmed by life and could very much relate to the finding excuses not to go out part of the book. I didn’t take things to the extreme of saying yes to everything, but after reading Yes Man, I started to say yes more, go with the flow more and go out more. This influenced a lot of big decisions I needed to take at that point in my life ultimately shaped my life as it is now.

Recently in our book group – it was my turn to choose, and I went for The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. Denmark is the happiest nation in the world and with the Moody Blanket Knit-along approaching I was interested to know why and if there was anything I could take on board to make my year more yellow.

the-year-of-living-danishly

The most interesting thing for me was hearing the response from the other book group members. The general consensus seemed to be that it wasn’t a book they would have chosen to read but they enjoyed it. Whilst reading the book we had all reflected on our own lives, happiness and work/life balance, and as well as our normal rating of the book out of ten – we also decided to rate our own happiness out of ten!

This book reminded me a little of Yes Man in the sense that it was a true story of a year long challenge. Both books are wrapped up in witty anecdotes but ultimately have a vibe of positivity and the message that we have the power to make ourselves happy.

After reading The Year of Living Danishly – one of my friends really took on board some of the things which supposedly make the Danes happy, such as trusting people and having lots of candles! I love our little book group and the fact that my choice of book may have had the positive impact on others that Yes Man had on me is a lovely thought.

Have you ever read something which has made you look at the world differently without expecting it?

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