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One of my favorite authors is happiness guru , Gretchen Rubin. She has written four bestsellers – The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better Than Before, and The Four Tendencies. She has also penned numerous biographies and does a fantastic weekly Podcast, Happier, with her sister, Elizabeth Craft where they discuss simple ways on how to be happier and live your best life.
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 two of my comments aloud on two separate Facebook Live events 😀 😉 ) 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 Journey to Happier
While I am a generally happy and content person, I certainly have areas of my life that I want to improve.
This year will be my third year working on my own Happiness Project and I have to tell you – it has changed 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 focus and the tasks that I will work on to reach my goal (hover over the Happiness Project title on the Home Page and a drop down will appear). Then at the end of the month I’ll review what worked and what didn’t.
Have you ever done a Happiness Project? If so, what did you think? What were your greatest successes / challenges?