The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts:
therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions
unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. — Marcus Aurelius
The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal was a gift from Karman. She gave it to me at the end of my previous job, where she was my editor.
I did wonder at first if I’d be able to keep this up. I mean, five years is a big commitment for a 20-year-old girl. But I did use to write diaries when I was younger (and had a lot more time on my hands). And the journal gives me only four lines to sum up each day, complete with inspiring quotes on each page. I’ll admit, some days I forget, but this little blue
“… spaces melt like sand running through one’s fingers. Time bears it away and leaves me shapeless shreds: to write, to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive, to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs.” — Georges Perec in Species of Spaces and Other Pieces
To paraphrase the French novelist/filmmaker, writing makes it all worthwhile.