Saturday, January 03, 2015

Getting Started // The Happiness Project

"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." Colette.

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.}
by Gretchen Rubin

I cannot wait to start this series. I am so excited and this book already looks amazing. I have only finished reading the Getting Started portion of it, but it was filled with so many "aha moments," that I have become quite excited about doing this challenge. First I would like to mention the fact that I love how the chapters are broken down into twelve categories with each categories theme focusing on a different topic. I think that that in itself makes this book more appealing to read: its not a text book, its not a read in one sitting type of book. Its a get the most out of it as you live each day book. An applicable book. A book that is a life changer.

"I wasn't as happy as I could be, and my life wasn't going to change unless I made it change. In that single moment, with that realization, I decided to dedicate a year to trying to be happier."

There are so many reasons as to why I want to read this book. Since being married, I have always been a believer of living in the moment, in the now. I even went so far as to write a few blog posts about my experiences and how I think everyone should apply it to their lives. (See here, here, and here). However, even though I believed in that form of life, gaining that life style is a completely different task. It is not an easy one to adapt and I found myself miserable because I wanted the best of both worlds. I want to change and have the future I always dreamt about and I wanted to focus on the now. Dreaming about the end result and trying to think about what I could do today to make it happen was a very hard one for me to grasp. Like working out for example; I can wish for a flat stomach all I want, but unless I start doing workouts today, the goal probably won't be met.
"Working on my happiness wouldn't just make me happier, it would boost the happiness of the people around me."

I often find that I put to much emphasis on the future. Even today I was talking to my husband about buying a house, and that I "couldn't wait till our life starts." Right after I said it I realized just how silly that statement was and that life won't start when I do buy a house. It has already started and buying a house would just be a continuation of the life I already live. I know. Super obvious, but the idea behind it I don't think is that obvious. I always get excited about the future that it is super easy for me to get hung up on it, to be in the ever waiting, today is unimportant mind frame. I forget that today has an important role in that future. That the "now" is important. My life has already started, so why am I waiting for tomorrow or "when we buy a house," to start fully living?
"I didn't want to wait for a crisis to remake my life."

I will be reading the first chapter (January: Boost Energy) and taking up the tools and ideas that Rubin has written out for us. I cannot wait to apply it to my life and start creating a happier life and I would really love for this series to become an interactive one with you, dear readers. I don't know if you have ever heard of this book and the idea of reading and learning all of this together brings a smile to my face. Or maybe you have already read it, I would love to hear your thoughts and stories.  Everything is better with company, right? Take a look at the book (maybe at the library or if you hide in the corner of Chapters) and read the Getting Started section - see if it strikes your fancy and if maybe this is something you would like to read with me.
It  is my goal to read one chapter each month, taking notes or applying things to my life. I am hoping to be able to write my findings or thoughts at the end of each month. I cannot wait to see how this year is going to go and how my attitude about the "small, simple" things is going to change. I really hope that you will enjoy reading about my learning process. We are never too old or too young to change our lives around and realize the gifts we have right in front of us. 

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