In order to move forward in my quest for happiness I thought it’d be wise to do check the map to see where I currently am and conduct an inventory of what I already know. Sitting in the quiet, I reflected on my happy moments and what about them brought that sense of happiness.
It turns out my personal experience aligns with an article in Psychology Today which says research shows that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging in small pleasures, getting absorbed in challenging activities, setting and meeting goals, maintaining close social ties, and finding purpose beyond oneself all increase life satisfaction.
Since there’s a good yearlong template outlined in the book The Happiness Project, I’ll follow it with these findings in mind. Each month I’ll tackle an area crucial to my happiness to work on, complete with resolutions consisting of concrete ways to cultivate and expand in my daily practice of being happy. Anyone can do something for 30 days right? Well, here’s the hard part – in Rubin’s project the resolutions are cumulative. What she started practicing in January she carried on through the rest of the year. All right, I can play that game. Front load the year with the easiest, most important things and that subject I think will be toughest, well I can work up to it. By November I should be so damn happy it’ll be easy right ;)?
Want to follow this year long journey?