Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Happiness Project




My New Year’s resolution for this year is to become a happier person. I usually don’t bother with resolutions as I never keep them. I read an article in a magazine about the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I am intrigued. I wasn’t a very happy person last year and happiness is something I desperately want. I am blessed with good health, a husband and children who adore me, and a comfortable lifestyle. So, what am I doing wrong? Why aren’t I happy?


In the January issue of Woman’s Day, Gretchen Rubin has an article about the Happiness Project. She spent a year trying to discover the secret to her own happiness. Everyone’s happiness will be different. She recommends investigating one topic a month for a year to discover what makes you happy. Here are the 12 topics: Energy, love, work money, mindfulness, order, spirit, fun, family, friends, attitude, and boot camp perfect. There are some questions to ask yourself to get started such as “What makes you feel good?” and “What activities do you find to be fun and satisfying?” And there are more questions to help you. Anyway, she has written a book called : The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin. She also has a fantastic website with many helpful pointers, essays, uplifting saying, and much more: http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/ . She is also on Face Book and Twitter. A copy of the Woman’s Day Article can be found at http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Health/Mental-Health/C-mon-Get-Happy!.html .


The month of January is Energy month and you should look for ways to increase your energy. Gretchen has a lot of ideas in her blog. I know that stress causes unhappiness and that there are some stresses that are unavoidable. These are difficult times with the bad economy and unemployment. However, there are things you can do to make yourself happier. You just have to find out what they are and practice them.


Becoming happy is a popular topic this year. This topic has been in most of the women’s magazines this month. Even our local hospital is offering a 5 week course for becoming happy called the Wired for Joy and Solution Method. It is supposed to help you identify your brain state and discover how you can switch your brain from stress toward joy.


Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances. (By Donald Withers)

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