Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happiness Project

     A while back I talked about some things I'd be writing about, one of which was my own version of a  happiness project. When I was traveling to New York, I started reading Gretchen Rubin's book, 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. My mom had bought it a while back and after hearing about it, I figured I'd give it a try. (Side note: Since I was about 11 or 12 I have always liked to make goals/lists/etc. and the charts and lists in Gretchen's project immediately made me want to read it). ANYWAYS, I like the concept. Basically she comes up with 11 categories that she wants to improve/appreciate/alter in her life and works on one each month for January-November. In December she tries to tackle them all. Each category has 4-5 goals that she works on each month. It's all very systematic and organized; therefore, I love it, hah. I'm still reading the book and I'm into her ninth month. But the whole thing got me thinking about how beneficial it would be for me to have my own happiness project, only catered to my liking.
     This doesn't mean that I'm unhappy - to be honest, it's quite the opposite. But I plan on making this school year a million times better than the last. If it ends up not helping me, then I won't continue with it. But I figure it's worth a shot, and maybe I'll learn a few things about myself along the way. I plan on starting mine with September, I'm going more with the school year than the calendar year. I haven't exactly started yet, I've just been thinking of ideas...Check out Gretchen's blog for more information and I'll be posting more about my project once I sit down and figure out exactly what my goals are going to be!


  1. I read her book! I was actually slightly disappointed with it, but I think it's because she seemed to be somewhat insecure with herself and whiny in parts, but overall, I did think the themes and what she accomplished was great! I can't wait to learn more about yours, if you plan on blogging about it!

  2. This sounds great, I may give it a go :)

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  3. I'm in love. Let me know how this goes. I got so caught up in her blog about her commandments that I think I need to make my own. I cannot wait to read more about what you're doing with your project!! It seriously sounds like such a perfect way to spend the school year!

  4. You have such a cute blog!! I'm so flattered you took interest in mine and followed :D Keep up the amazing work, this is such a great idea! keep us posted!