Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Happiness

I recently wrote about an existential crisis I was having about my life.  I won't re-bore you again with the details, but you can read about it in the post, "Is This It?"  I heard about the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I could have written the introduction myself.  Gretchen was on a bus when she realized that even though she had a family that she loved and was doing work that she loved that she wasn't really happy, so she set off on a year long project to find her happiness.

Just what I need!  I read the book in about a week and I'm happy to announce that I'm going to start my own happiness project.  Gretchen did a lot of research on happiness, I don't have that kind of time or inclination so I'm just going to jump right in.  Basically, you designate one month for one area of happiness like work, marriage, friendship etc.  You make resolutions for the month and then carry them forward with you for the rest of the year.  Sounds like a lot of lists and checks and that is right up my alley.  You can read more about Gretchen's Happiness Project Blog by clicking HERE.

I'm not going to write about my project everyday because that's not the focus of this blog really, so I'll probably just update once a week or once every other week depending on how it's going.  I'm really excited because I have such a wonderful life and I'd love to suck every ounce of happiness out of it.

Here is how I have my months broken down.

April: Organization
May: Physical
June: Marriage
July: Friendship
August: Parenthood
September: Work
October: Leisure
November: Mindfulness
December: Money
January: Eternity
February: Attitude
March: Happiness Boot Camp

Each month will have it's own sub-categories.  So what do you guys think?  Do you think it's a good idea or are you giving me another notch on the crazy belt?

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4 comments:

Kristin Faulkenberry said...

Sounds interesting..can't wait to see the results..good luck to you!

lady gray said...

i heard an interview w/ her on NPR just the other day and thought it sounded interesting. i can't wait to see how it goes!

The BabbyMama @ IKHIBF said...

I've been meaning to check out that book for so long now because that is the place I am currently in and I need to DO something about it instead of just feeling sorry for myself.

Lady Jennie said...

What a great idea! I can't see doing it for a whole year, but a couple of months - yes.

I'm visiting from SITS, by the way.

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