My Own Happiness/Betterment Project

I’ve been listening to the book “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. The concept is fairly simple. Gretchen makes resolutions for each month of the year, focusing in a specific area of her life, in order to chase happiness.

It’s an interesting idea. Can we actually actively make ourselves happier by focusing on it? I think so, but I’m not entirely positive. So I’m running my own happiness project.

I started creating my different focus areas last week, and it has been a really long process to get all 12. As I created them, I realized I was working more towards a self-betterment project than I was towards a happiness project. But, to me, there is no difference in that. Working towards being a better version of myself is working towards happiness.

When all was said and done, I decided on the following twelve areas to focus on:

  1. Compliments
  2. Honesty
  3. Energy
  4. Self-deprecation
  5. Self-care
  6. Body image
  7. Apologizing
  8. Boundaries
  9. Spontaneity/Balance
  10. Creativity
  11. Friendships/relationships
  12. Complacency

Each one has 4-6 individual resolutions to follow. The idea is to start month one with one topic, and then in month two you follow the resolutions from months one and two. So on until, during month 12, you are following all of the resolutions.

I’m actually starting my happiness project where Gretchen started hers, with energy. Her goal was to make the rest of the project manageable, making sure she had enough energy to get through all the resolutions. Mine is just to see if I can increase my energy levels by having healthier habits that support energy.

My resolutions for this month are:

  1. Two or FEWER caffeinated beverages a day
  2. Intentional exercise for 30 minutes a day
  3. In bed, phone on do not disturb by midnight
  4. Wake up at 7 AM everyday (every. day.)
  5. Clean my apartment as I go
  6. Meditate before bed

That looks like a lot to conquer in one month. It also will be incredibly challenging considering I REALLY do not like mornings. But I’m telling myself that I can do it. I love walking my dog in the morning, and I love having time to write in the morning. I really need more sleep than I get, and going to bed at midnight will help me achieve that. Meditating, limiting caffeine, and exercise also help me get to sleep. Cleaning my apartment as I go is just so I have a little more breathing room and don’t have to deep-clean once a week.

I’ll still be writing about other things on this blog, but you can expect an update at the beginning and end (at the least) of each month regarding this project. I’m excited to see how it goes!


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