Welcome to my happiness project! For those of you who haven’t read the book (or blog) ‘The Happiness Project’, written by Gretchen Rubin, the idea behind this project takes New Year’s resolutions to a whole other level.
In the book Gretchen spends a year of her life dedicated to making herself happier according to in-depth research on the topic (ranging from ancient philosophy to modern-day pop psychology). Each month is attributed to a different ‘happiness resolution’ and a chart helps her track her progress.
As someone with a keen interest in self-development, it was obvious that I would become enamoured with this idea. Keen to give it a go, I started reading the book and printed out my very own happiness chart.
January 2014 is where I begin and, just like Gretchen Rubin, I have decided to dedicate this month to building up my energy and organising my surroundings. Key tasks for this month include:
- starting and maintaining a fitness regime
- going to bed earlier
- clearing out my wardrobe
- clearing out my room
- tackling a nagging task.
I must admit, the first couple of days of January were somewhat of a write-off as I spent most of the time eating left-over chocolate pennies from Christmas and making the most of my extended lie-ins while I could (we all do this, right?).
Over the weekend however I finally got myself into gear and wrote down all of my happiness goals and even gave my room a good sort out and clean. My fitness and yoga regime has begun, however I am still struggling massively with my internal clock after not working for two weeks and am finding it hard to get to sleep at all – let alone any earlier.
At the end of this month I will let you know how I got on – what worked and what didn’t as well as outlining my goals for February, which will revolve around relationships. Until then – here’s to a successful January!
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