Thursday, July 28, 2011

What Makes You Happy?

I purchased Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun yesterday on my Kindle. She wrote that the first step in a happiness project is to "identify what brings you joy, satifaction, and engagement." You also have to decide what brings you "guilt, anger, boredom, and remorse," but I'll tackle that later (probably in private). After indentification, then you make resolutions and plan the "concrete actions that will boost your happiness." Finally, the last step is to keep those resolutions and follow the plan.

Happiness Project Plan
1. Identify the good
2. Identify the ugly
3. Make Resolutions
4. Assign Action Plans
5. Stick to the Plan

I have been pondering what makes me happy for hours now. I have a few things but know there has to be more! One of the things in the book is that you can "workshop" with others and see what brings them joy. This could spark your list making ability. Twelve items on your list could make for one item tackled each month. So tell me...what makes you happy?


  1. Puppies (mine & almost everyone else's)
    Iced Coffee on a triple digit day
    Almonds in my salad.

  2. Just to clarify...I am not saying I am unhappy (aside from the grieving my sister). I am going to embrace better the good life that I already have.

  3. It's a good idea to embrace happiness. It's a conscious choice we all have to make every day. This sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have heard good things about this book...and i know many things that make you, friends and children...those are the top three things i can think of... :) Maybe working with children should be on your list. ;) i love you...and i will continue to nudge you in that direction... :)

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