What is a Happiness Project?

December 2, 2017

What is a Happiness Project?

Hello all! Happy Saturday. It’s the first weekend in December and I am off work for a few days. I’ve got grand plans for the projects I want to get done around my house before I return to my day job on Tuesday and one of those projects is mapping out my Happiness Project for 2018!

Woman looking up at sky excited as snow falls

What is a Happiness Project?

Thankfully, it’s as simple as it sounds – a project to address and increase your happiness!

I first read about Happiness Projects from Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. Ever since, I’ve been hooked on Gretchen and even more hooked on the idea that I wanted to do my own!

How To Start

In Gretchen’s Project, she divides up the year by month and takes every month but December to address different facets of her life. Some of these include her friendships, relationship with her husband, and wellness routines. She looked at all of the areas in her life that she felt could use improvement and, with the help of a lot of research, mapped out a plan to try out and integrate new habits to achieve her goals. Each month as she incorporated new habits they became cumulative until December, when she began to live with all of her new habits nicely complementing each other.

So that’s my plan too! Some areas I already know will make my Project list:

  • Friendships
  • Knowledge
  • Self Care
  • Finances

Throughout the course of the year I plan to achieve some other goals like reading 52 books, watching 52 movies, and drilling down on my debt too!

Wallet with a clamp on it for no spending
Less spending, more saving!

Course Correction

There are a number of areas in my life that need some strategic planning and habits to help me course correct for the life I want. That’s part of the reason why I think it’s so important for me to do my happiness project this year. Not only because I feel like I’ve been a bird in the cage of my own life for years and it’s time to fly, but also because the life I want to be living is not the life I currently have.

Bird cage on a windowsill

I make an effort to continuously maintain an attitude of gratitude for the blessings that have already come my way, and make sure to live every day in the moment. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t paint a picture of what I want my life to look like and then map out the steps to get there. It’s like when you create an explicit five-year plan. In detailing where you want your life to go, you give your mind clarity and focus. As you break down each goal, it becomes more and more achievable in your head until suddenly it’s not a five-year plan, it’s a plan of what you’re going to accomplish over the next day, week, and month in the course of working on your five-year plan. It’s attainable!

Milestone Birthdays

I took a hard look at the timeline of my life and I will be 30 years old in 20 months. There are a number of goals I have that I want to achieve before my 30th birthday, and the only way I’m going to do that is if I buckle up, map it out, and check in with you all for my own accountability. 🙂

Young girl with birthday hat on

What about you? Have you ever created a project around your own self improvement? Have you read The Happiness Project? I highly recommend it, and any of her other works as well! And if you haven’t considered creating a happiness project this year, what are your goals for 2018? It’s just around the corner and I’m curious. Do you set resolutions in January?

Until next time Time Hackers…

-A

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