As some of you may know this year I have undertaken a Happiness Project.
What is a Happiness Project?
It was created by the bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, and it is essentially what it is called. It is a project to work on your happiness.
Every month you pick a theme and then you have 3-4 tasks that you are supposed to do every day to fulfill that theme. My theme in March was family.
Essentially, my hope was that the more I spoke to and visited family the happier I would be. I did not, however, find that to be the case. I loved seeing my family and visiting them, but I found it hard to be in constant contact with them every day. I either did not feel like speaking to them or I got caught up in my life and did not have the time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but it takes a lot of emotional work to be in contact with them every day. Some of them have different opinions than I do, and some do not really understand where I am in my life right now. So being in constant contact can be tiring.
I have decided that although I love my family, talking to them once or twice a week is good enough.
Not every single theme is going to make me the happiest and that’s okay. This project isn’t just about becoming happier in the moment it is about finding things that will make me happier in the long run.
April’s theme is work. I am excited to see how focusing on being happier in my work is going to affect my life overall.
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