is it just me, or is this year moving unnervingly quickly? After a wonderfully long summer, autumn (complete with grey skies and rainy mornings) has definitely arrived. Now the nights are drawing in, I feel it is more important than ever to focus on the Happiness Project to ward off any seasonal-related blues.
September was dedicated to passions and pursuing them, so unsurprisingly this was perhaps one of the easier months of the project. So without further ado, let’s see how I got on:
1. Do yoga more regularly
I am so pleased that I managed to keep this resolution. I followed a yoga programme online designed to help you get into a routine and found myself practicing three times a week (most weeks). Yoga is a passion for me, and making the effort to pursue that more regularly definitely boosted my happiness levels.
2. Take more photographs
While I’m sad to say I didn’t brush the dust off my fancy SLR camera, I certainly made use of the camera on my phone. Making a conscious effort to take more pictures definitely brought out my creative side, which in turn made me feel happier.
3. Read some fiction
D’oh, this one did not go so well. I didn’t read a single piece of fiction, although I did start reading a nonfiction book… which totally counts. I have got a list of fiction books I want to read however, so I will get onto this one soon – promise.
4. Discover some new music
I discovered plenty of new albums this month and as I’m writing this I am enjoying one such album. Music is a true passion of mine, and nothing quite compares to the feeling I get when I discover a song that gives me goose bumps.
Goals for October
In the Happiness Project book, the writer used October to experiment with psychological shortcuts to happiness. So this month I intend to follow suit with the following resolutions:
- watch a feel-good movie
- monitor how much I laugh
- do a good deed
- have a dance when I’m feeling down.
Catch up on previous Happiness Project blogs.