How many gorgeous celebs have graced the cover of SELF Magazine? Cover stars like Jessica Alba, Hayden Panetierre, and Beyonce always seem so happy and comfortable in their skin … we all want to feel like that too! Well, now you can have a leg up.
I spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the editor of SELF, Lucy Danziger, at Monkey Bar in NYC on Feb. 22, during a swanky party for her new book, The Nine Rooms of Happiness.
The book “takes the metaphor of a house, and divides your life into emotional rooms” the editor and author says. Lucy, who co-wrote the book with psychiatrist Catherine Birndorf, explains “happiness is the one thing women strive for above all.” It sure is!
So which rooms are the most difficult to find happiness in? I personally assumed that ‘The Bathroom’ — which Lucy says “is for health, well-being, vanity, and weight” — would be where most women have the most difficult time. But I was wrong!
Lucy explained that more women are like me than I originally thought! She says it’s really ‘The Living Room’ — “which holds your friends, and socializing, and peer comparison” — that is the hardest place for most women to find happiness. I totally get that, because I stress more about my friends and relationships than my looks!
“‘The Living Room’ is a tough one for most young women,” Lucy says. “Because friends are so critical to your happiness. Meaningful relationships and a sense of community are important factors to lifelong happiness, and women hate feeling like they are being a bad friend or letting friends down.”
One other ‘room’ that is tough for most women? ‘The Office!’ Lucy says, “Money, stress, and career uncertainty are both big factors at every age. We give strategies for coping with these happiness saboteurs in the book.”
Tell us which ‘room’ causes you the most difficulty in your life ? And vote on which makes you happiest!