My Happiness Project: January

January 6, 2011

As I mentioned in my resolutions post, one of the things I’m doing this year is reading Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project and creating my own based on her method. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, there is a chapter for each month of the year and each month is about a different area of life. Then you  make resolutions for the month based on that area, and it is all supposed to work toward a happier life.

January’s focus is vitality, or boosting energy. To summarize Gretchen, when you have energy everything is better and easier so it makes sense to start with this. I realize that I should have read the chapter before January 1st so I could start on my resolutions right away, but that didn’t happen. So I’m a little behind this month, but that’s okay. It’s a work in progress.

My January resolutions:

  1. Walk at least one of our dogs twice a week (more if possible)
  2. Start exercising (yoga or swimming) at least once a week
  3. Seriously purge and declutter
  4. Create a command central binder
  5. Accomplish three nagging tasks

As you can see, my resolutions relate to physical and mental energy. Everyone’s needs are different; notice that I didn’t include anything about getting more sleep, because I already get a lot and that’s something that I’m really good at. I’m especially excited about the organizing & decluttering, but I better get working!

I’m so excited about this project. Have any of you read the book or created happiness projects of your own?

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Comments on My Happiness Project: January

  1. 1

    From Rae:

    Those are excellent resolutions! I hope that they work for you and your 2011 is full of an abundance of energy.

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    From Amber from Girl with the Red Hair:

    Love this idea! I got that book for my mom for Christmas and I think it’s really helping her seize her happiness too. She’s already started exercising and walking more. I want to borrow it from her when she’s done!

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    From Mom:

    Flylady has come up with a really good “command central binder” called a Control Journal. She has instructions for building it on her website, It covers everything!

  4. 4

    From Nora:

    I like the idea of a command central binder! I should probably make one of those myself :) I have not read this book but I hear great, great things about it!

  5. 5

    From Becca:

    I love decluttering, it makes me feel lighter. :) Hence, the maternity clothes I am planning to bring you. :) This Sunday I hope!

    The Command Central binder seems promising.

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    From Sarah:

    I’m reading this right now. My opinion on it so far is so-so, but I admit there are some good, thought-provoking points. And who couldn’t stand getting more exercise and decluttering?

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