Happiness Practice - December 14, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week!

I'm not really a Christmas person. A lot of my friends love Christmas, love decorating, love the entire season and get really excited for it, but it's just not me. I'm not exactly a Scrooge-type, I just don't really get into the spirit very easily. The past couple of years, I've been trying to let myself feel it a little more, and while I'm not really making huge strides, I have at least finally found a Christmas album I actually really like: Sia's Everyday is Christmas. It came out last year, and there's a new version with a couple more songs out now, and I just really like it. It's catchy and pop-y and fun, and they're all new songs rather than covers. It's just a really fun album and it's definitely helping me to find a little more of the Christmas spirit every time I listen. 

Next up is a tried and true December fave; NPR's book concierge! It's a gorgeous collection of all the best stuff NPR reviewed this year, and it's definitely some inspiration for what to read next - and for all of next year! The list can perused in its entirety or you can customize the recommendations on the sidebar, with categories like "eye-opening reads", "rather long", and "It's all geek to me" to really get an interesting recommendation. They've been doing it for a few years now, which means I know enough about some of the reviewers' tastes to have a good feel for what I'll like based on their ideas, and I've already requested a few new holds at my library. It's just a fun thing to flip through to look for all kinds of new books, and goodness knows I love books, so naturally I'm very excited and happy about it! Even if you're not looking for a new read, it's soothing and very interesting, so take a look!

Now, what about you? What's making you happy this week? 


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