Happiness Project

I have been infatuated by the idea of assembling my own Happiness Project for a while now. I think it started  that fall morning when the colorful cover of Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” caught my eye on the shelf of Borders (back when Border’s still existed). I didn’t want to add another book to my overflowing shelf so I decided that the following month after payday and once I got my room cleaned I could pick it up.  Throughout the month I was still so curious about the book and overjoyed when I got to pick it up.

“Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus.  “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.”  In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.   In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.  Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.” 

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 

http://www.happiness-project.com/

I have been wanting to do my own “happiness project”, but was overwhelmed with where to start.  Honestly I think I was in a better head space last year and definitely more energetic, but this could be the reason why a happiness project would be good for me.

I have to be honest.  I have NO idea what I am doing…  For all I know the whole thing could blow up in smoke, but I hope to learn something from it.  I have been feeling really down lately and feel like it is time for me to set some goals and start taking care and pride in myself.

My Plan:

  • This is Perfect timing since the new year is only a few days away
  • I am going to have a focus each month with resolutions and set goals
  • I will write about my experience

I think I will DIVE NOW and think later.  That may seem reckless, but I mean that in terms of going for it and NOT procrastinating.  I may change and revise things as I go…  Nothing is set in stone.  I just hope I can stick with it. Wish me luck and let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.  Feel free to join me too with your own happiness project!


January

Boost Energy

  • Go to sleep earlier
  • Exercise better
  • Toss, restore organize (messy bed = messy head)
  • Stress Less
  • Act More Energetic

February

Focus On Faith

  • Go to church on Sunday
  • Indulge in my lust for Cathedrals
  • Meditate
  • Sing (my favorite form of prayer)

March

Aim Higher

  • Launch a Blog
  • Invest in my Future
  • Enjoy the fun of failure
  • Ask for help
  • Work smart
  • Enjoy now

April

Lighten Up

  • Sing in the morning
  • Acknowledge the reality of people’s feelings
  • Create Happy memories
  • Take time for projects

May

Work hard PLAY HARDER

  • Find fun
  • Be free-spirited
  • Go off the path
  • Start a collection

June

Make Time For Friends

  • Write letters
  • Remember birthdays
  • Be Generous
  • Be Present
  • Don’t Gossip
  • Make 3 new friends

July

Buy Some Happiness

  • Indulge in a modest splurge
  • Buy needed things
  • Spend out
  • Give Something up

August

Remember Love

  • Quit nagging
  • Listen
  • Cultivate healthy relationships
  • No Dumping
  • Give proofs of love

September

Pursue a Passion

  • Create a Bucket list (my year truly begins in the fall)
  • Write a Novel
  • Make time
  • Forget about the results
  • Master a new technology

October

Pay Attention

  • Meditate
  • Examine true rules
  • Stimulate the mind in new ways
  • Keep a food diary

November

Keep a Contented Heart

  • Laugh out loud
  • Use good manners
  • Give positive reviews
  • Find an area of refuge

December

Organize Your Life

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Set goals
  • Dream BIG
  • Sleep at night
  • Get an early start

At least this gives me a starting point.  Things may change and nothing is set in stone.  I just want to make sure that I stick with it and follow through.  I am on a journey of reinventing my life and finding my voice again.

I really and truly hope you are enjoying these final days of 2014!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

~Alana

18 thoughts on “Happiness Project

  1. I may just steal your project and use it as my own! January matches pretty much what I plan to focus on 🙂 Today I am spending the day cleaning and am hoping to get 1 box for good will. We’ll see how it goes 😛

  2. “I have to be honest. I have NO idea what I am doing… ” I feel the same way. I read her book a few years ago and even signed up for her newsletters. Your post makes me want to take a second look and also start a happiness project of my own and somehow weave it throughout my posts in 2016. Thanks for that!

    1. I’m glad I could help inspire you. Writing, blogging, and finding joy and happiness is definitely a work in progress. I have attempted to do the “happiness project” a couple of times and each time I learn something new. It helped me with goal setting a self-reflection. Over the summer I fell off a little, but I am glad that the new year is approaching so I can do it again in 2016. We should do it too! We can encourage each other!

  3. I, too, am in love with the idea of happiness projects and the pursuit of happiness and joy in life. What’s your best advice for getting started with a project?

    1. I like to use the “Happiness Project” as a springboard for goals and dreams. I plan ahead and pick a focus for every month. My “Happiness Project” page in my menu is an example of how I set mine up. https://alanagabo.wordpress.com/happiness-project/; I usually start it in January. My goal was to do a weekly post where I share how I did with my goals. Some months I was better than others. Let me know if you have any other questions or would like to brainstorm together! I’d love to help!!! Thanks for stopping by, Jessica.

    1. Hi Annette!
      I think my “Happiness Project” went reasonably well. I started off strongly at the beginning of the year with weekly posts, but started to fizzle out towards the end of the year.
      https://alanagabo.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/happiness-project-week-26-44/
      I liked how it created more awareness in my life.
      This year I did a “Transform Your Life Project” and was a lot more successful with this one!
      https://alanagabo.wordpress.com/transform-your-life-project/

    2. Thanks Annette! That is a good suggestion to focus on one goal per month. I want to do another “Transform Your Life Project” in 2017 and I am going to implement your idea. Let me know if you have any other suggestions. I really appreciate it!

  4. I’m working on something similar. I’ve been working on improving myself for over a year but just started my first blog to make myself more accountable. lol Good luck to you!

    1. Hi Jenny!
      Great job on making so many positive improvements in your life. Yes, a blog is such a nice way to stay accountable and inspired. Goodluck to you too!!!

      ❤ Alana

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