The Happiness Project – Day 4

Entry for Day 4 of The Happiness Project

3 things I’m grateful for:

  1. I have a job that doesn’t require me to work on weekends.
  2. I was able to scale back my involvement in a club with no questions asked…and I don’t have to go to the weekly meeting tomorrow night!
  3. I have a job to go to tomorrow.

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The Happiness Project – Day 3

Entry for Day 3 of The Happiness Project

3 things I’m grateful for:

  1. I am in a position where I can afford to treat myself to fun things like going to a Cowboys game (with awesome seats!).
  2. I have a reliable car that gets me from point A to point B safely.
  3. My dog got over his separation anxiety and stopped barking like a maniac when I leave the house.

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The Happiness Project – Day 2

Entry for Day 2 of The Happiness Project

3 things I’m grateful for:

  1. I’m in a financial position where I can afford to buy a dozen baked goods and make someone’s day (see below). Also, I thought to myself again today – I’ll never be rich. Regardless of how much money I make, I will always remember that there are other people who need it more than I do.
  2. I’m still appreciated and valued at work…even though I’ve been slacking lately. This is huge. I started slacking at every other job because I didn’t feel appreciated or valued. I should really appreciate it back and get my act together.
  3. I live in a safe neighborhood that doesn’t make me think twice about taking my garbage out at 1:30 AM.

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The Happiness Project – Day 1

Well. Today was very insightful.

It’s funny how, unless you’re prompted to do something or challenge your way of thinking, you can very easily narrow your view of the world. Maybe this is why it’s so important to constantly challenge ourselves to step outside of our comfort zones. So that we can expand our field of vision, bump into other people along the way, and make connections we wouldn’t normally have made.

In starting this project, I was prompted to think about my current level of overall happiness. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the happiest, my current level of happiness with my life is a 7. A 7. I’m probably happier now than I have been in years. But still, I know it could be a 10. 2014-08-23 03.23.09

Then, I was prompted to break my life down into distinct areas and assess my level of happiness with my life in each of those areas. Here’s how my chart turned out. I could use a bit more balance.

Side note: This whole project reminds me of The Magic. The entire book is centered around the idea that the more grateful you are for what you have, the more you’ll have in life to be grateful for.

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The Happiness Project

A friend of mine met a life coach while he was teaching abroad last year. She helped him get through a rough time dealing with being homesick. She got him to participate in a 21-day program called The Happiness Project.

We were talking one day about getting back to regularly practicing gratitude and carrying out acts of kindness. So we decided to start The Happiness Project ourselves.

The program lasts 21 days because they say that’s how long it takes to build a habit. THP is structured in a way that helps you build a set of healthy habits.

Basically every day, for the next 21 days, I’ll be keeping track of the following:

  • 3 things I’m grateful for (never the same one twice)
  • 1 positive experience from today
  • 15-30 minutes of physical activity
  • 1 way that I paid it forward
  • Amount of time I spent meditating
  • Personal reflection

I love that this project will help me make it a point to do something for someone else, every day. It sounds like a lot but sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make someone’s day in the biggest way.

I’m looking forward to this project. And to sharing this journey with you. Happy Happiness Project!

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Robin Williams Tribute Roundup

We’ve all been processing Robin Williams’ passing over the last week. What’s interesting is that it seems that there are so many people with a story about him. On whatever level, I feel like he connected with so many of us.

And we’re now taking this awful thing that connects so many of us and, through our grief, we’re sending love, in many forms, to many people, in many different places. Love that we didn’t know was needed before. If we can create something positive from this, I believe that’s the best way we could honor someone as remarkable as Robin Williams.

He was a treasure and I’m sure there will be many more of these to follow. In the meantime, here are 10 Robin Williams tributes that made me cry this week. RIP Robin Williams, you are missed.

1. This Robin Williams tribute drawing video

I believe art is an act of love. And if Robin Williams’ passing has inspired more love to be put into the world, then I believe he lived the life all of us should aspire to live.

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100 New Experiences – #68 Buy A New Car

For years, I’ve been struggling with bad credit and bad luck with cars. A repo, a couple beaters, an old convertible that rained inside when it rained outside…I’ve had a string of crappy cars.

Now, let me just say…when I made this list, I was in NO position to buy a new car…let alone a nice one. That didn’t stop a girl from dreaming though.

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