My Own Happiness Project-Themes
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Every few years I find myself going through a rut in my life where something(or many things) need to change. The last time I went through this, I felt as though I was going through a mid-life crisis. (If you want to check that out, I talk about that here.) When going through these ruts, I find myself always wondering if I am happy and what I am doing to be happy? When I start doing this refection, I find that I am coming up short on what I consider being happy. Then comes the part where I need to do some digging, what am I doing that is perhaps causing my unhappiness? What leads me to happiness? What things could I do to change it? These are deep questions that take some time to ponder. During this time of when I was thinking(this last time), I started reading books of others journeys to happiness. My two favorite books have been(click on for more info):
Both books have helped me self-reflect and make a change for the better. Many years ago Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia was very inspirational as I was needing a drastic change in my life. Currently, I need a change, but not as big of one that was needed many years ago. The change I needed now is more of a lifestyle change. After reading The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. I knew it was something I wanted to do not only for myself but everyone around me.
After deciding to pursue my own Happiness Project, I needed to come up with a name for it-something to make it my own. I had a name immediately and it was quite obvious. “A New Ending” would be the name of this new project of making a lifestyle change.
The next important step was picking out my theme and goals for every month. In the Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin works on a new theme every month with “bite-sized” resolutions. I personally think this is why I resonated with this book so much because I can do that! If it isn’t working after a month, I do not need to do it anymore, but at least I tried it.
My 12 Themes were:
- Gain My Sanity Back
- Learning To Be Better With Money
- Love My Significant Other More
- Work-Focus On Me
- Steps To Be a Better Mom
- Don’t Take Myself So Seriously
- Be a Better Friend
- What Religion and Spirituality Means To Me
- Do Something I Love
- Take An Interest In Others Around Me
- Have an Attitude Others Want
Setting Up a Plan
Now that I had set my themes, I knew some resolutions that I wanted to complete in some months, so I wrote them down under the appropriate title. Overall, I did not want to put down too many resolutions so I had room for “growth” for my everchanging life!
After all this thinking about my themes for each month, it was was time for a mental break. I knew it was important to take a mini break to let myself reflect on my ideas so I did not feel so overwhelmed.
Then it was on to the next step, the “Rules To Live By.”