Prayer breakfast to focus on happiness _lowres

Gretchen Rubin

Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville will be the site of the Ecumenical Women’s Prayer Breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday in Jackson Hall, 11621 Ferdinand St.

The event is free, and the community is invited.

The breakfast will feature the presentation “Creating Your Own Happiness Project” by West Feliciana Parish resident Bettsie Norton.

The talk is centered around the best-seller “The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Rubin.

Rubin’s book delves into how people have an inborn happiness disposition set within a certain range but possess the ability to boost themselves to the top (or bottom) of this happiness range by their actions.

“Employing a similar approach used by Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, Rubin creates a set of happiness resolutions aimed at maximizing her personal happiness level,” Norton said.

In the book’s foreword, Rubin writes, “I am happy, but I’m not as happy as I should be. I have a good life. I want to appreciate it more and live up to it better. I complain too much, I get annoyed more than I should. I should be more grateful. I think if I felt happier, I’d behave better.”

Norton will walk attendees through the author’s approach in developing their own unique resolutions and personal “happiness projects.”

Door prizes and handouts with tips, happiness quotes and information about the book and its author will be given.

The St. Francisville Ecumenical Women’s Prayer Breakfast is a consortium of members from West Feliciana churches who meet on a quarterly and rotating basis. All denominations and religious affiliations are invited to participate.

For information, call Grace Church at (225) 625-4065 or visit