For those of you have been around for a while you know that I have been doing a Happiness Project since the beginning of this year. The purpose of a happiness project is just that.. to make you feel happier! Everyone’s project will look different, but the general concept is you pick one theme for an entire month and focus on doing 3-4 tasks to make you feel happier in that area.
In January I focused on my mindset. I danced naked once a day, I journaled and meditated in the morning, I took naps daily and I only listened to music once a day. If you want to know how I felt after January check out The End of January Review.
For February I focused exclusively on my relationship. It is the month of love after all. I vowed that we would have sex daily, I would bring him home some kind of treat every day, we would say I love you every day no matter what and I would be a better listener. February did not go as planned, but it was a major eye opener. I realized that Kirk and I do not have sex as much as we should. I think we maybe had sex 5-7 times throughout the whole month. We also say I Love You a lot less frequently than I thought we did. This was probably the most surprising because I assumed we said it every day, but we don’t. I also realized that I do not listen as well I should.
Like January, after finishing the month off I added whatever I think would benefit my happiness into my daily or weekly to-do lists. I added sex, because clearly we need some accountability on that ground. I did not, however, add the other three. The treat thing, although it did bring him joy when I did it, is not something I could do every day for the rest of my life, or even every week. I also did not put saying I Love You because I feel like we should just be able to do that on our own. Finally, the listening thing… I think this needs to be a part of another month’s tasks, because I really need help on that front and I am not going to do it just by putting it in a checklist.
This Happiness Project so far has been really eye- opening. It has really gotten me to understand myself better, and that makes me happier… so I guess you could say it is working.
If you want to start your own I highly recommend reading Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project .
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