Last April (or May?) one of my girlfriends gave me the Gretchen Rubin novel “The Happiness Project.” If you haven’t heard of it, the book follows a year of Gretchen’s life where she focuses on her happiness project. She realizes that while she is in no way unhappy, she could be happier. Each month she had a new focus point to add on, from topics such as boosting energy, lightening up, pursue a passion, and be serious about play. She also creates her personal commandments, or rules to live by.
When reading this book I found myself wanting to try out some of Gretchen’s ideas.
- Spend your time doing what you love.
This one seems a no brainer, right? Uh, no. So many people (myself included) spend some much time doing what they think they have to do, and not actually doing what they love.
Once upon a time, long, long ago, I used to be a morning person. Weird, right? I’m totally not anymore. At all. My sleep schedule doesn’t even make any sense. I’d like to be on a schedule of going to sleep by 11:30-12:00 and wake up at 7:30-8:00. Half of the time I don’t even get out of work until 11pm, but I feel so much more alert when I get a “real” nights sleep.
- Happiness Journal.
I love this idea. I love to journal, but often times I don’t find the time to do it. This idea is that you write down the happiest part of your day, and that’s it. I love the idea of being able to look through some type of notebook and seeing all of the little things that have made me smile.
- One Minute Rule.
The easiest and most time saving rule ever. If a task takes less than a minute to complete, don’t put it off. Do it now.
- Plan Ahead.
Again, so simple, but it saves so much stress. I’m a big nerd about planning and organization. Usually everyday I make lists of things that I want to complete the next day, or whatever. I don’t have a wallet, I have a mini planner I carry around.
I also felt inspired to create my own list of my “rules.”
- Remember to do the simple things you enjoy (exercising, reading, ect.)
- Take a moment, and don’t over analyze things.
- Live in a way you’d be proud of.
- Enjoy and laugh at the bumps in the road.
- Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.
- Take chance.
- Make time spent with other quality time.