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One of my favorite authors is happiness guru , Gretchen Rubin. She has written three bestsellers – The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better Than Before and numerous biographies and she also does a weekly Podcast, Happier, with her sister, Elizabeth Craft.
What is a Happiness Project?
The Happiness Project all started one day while Gretchen (Yep, we’re on a first name basis now that she emailed me once and read one of my comments aloud on Facebook Live 😀 😉 ) was riding the city bus and she asked herself “What do I want from life, anyway?” and her answer was “To be happy.” But what is happiness?
Gretchen decided to really dig into studying happiness – across various cultures, generations, religions etc… and she then conducted experiments to see which theories worked, which didn’t, and documented it all. So genius!
Gretchen’s books lay down an easy to follow, step by step guide describing how to figure out what makes you who you are, what you want, how to break down those goals and desires into small manageable monthly chunks, track them, and finally, evaluate them to see if they worked.
My Happiness Project
While I am a generally happy person, I certainly have areas of my life that I want to improve. Among other things, I take on way too much, I carry a lot of stress, I tend to have a short fuse when pushed, and I need to work on my patience. There is always room for some introspection and improvement.
This year will be my second year working on my own Happiness Project and I have to tell you – it has changed my life, my perspective, my resilience, and so much more. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.
At the beginning of each month, I will post my monthly goal and the small tasks that I will do to reach that goal. I won’t be posting every day but I will post when something relevant comes up and also at the end of the month, to evaluate my successes and/or failures.
Have you ever done a Happiness Project? If so, what did you think? What were your greatest successes / challenges?