Two days ago, a co-worker emailed me this insightful article titled: "En Harvard se Aprende a ser Feliz." For those of you who don't speak Spanish, this translates into "In Harvard you Learn to be Happy." The article's main focus is about a Harvard course that deals with the topic of happiness and garners the attention of thousands of students per semester, from all sorts of majors. The professor compares one's life to that of a business: We are happy when we have more postive things coming into our lives than negatives... when our balance statement is in blue (which in the US would be referred to as black) instead of red. For example, a person with a prolonged depression would be the same as a company that is by all means, broke! The article then goes into sharing with the readers 13 tips to improve the quality of your emotional state so that you can generate a positive livelihood and keep your balance statement in blue/black. I want to think that this share was purely coincidental and not trying to imply anything about my mood the last few days–what cold wouldn't bring you down– but when I saw tip #13, I knew where this was heading:
"Arréglate y siéntete atractivo(a)
El 41% de la gente dice que se sienten más felices cuando piensan que se ven bien. ¡Ponte guapo(a)!"
"Get dressed and feel attractive- 41% of people say they feel happier when they think they look good, so work for it! "
I am not one to disagree with this statement. I am a huge supporter of looking good in the outside to feel better in the inside, my mom calls me vain, I call her Carly Simon. So, today I made an effort to look good and spent an extra 20 mins on make up and hair- which you should know by now, I usually keep simple- and wah-la! Here's the result.
I have to admit, I still have a cold but I am not dwelling on it any longer and this skirt is just one small proof that my balance statement is definitely on blue/black. Leave the red for some other time!
Sweater- Zara, Skirt- F21, Sunglasses- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rings- Perú & Vintage, Bracelets- F21, Charriol, Perú
If any of you speak spanish and would like me to email you the article I would be happy to! Still looking for the link