My Happiness Project: Introduction
I just finished reading the book Happier At Home by Gretchen Rubin and now I am feeling inspired to jump head first into my own “home improvement” project. Before Happier At Home, Rubin wrote the best seller, The Happiness Project, in which she documented her journey to discover the secrets to increasing her own happiness. She devised a project in which she made a few (achievable) personal resolutions to focus on each month. She assigned a different overall theme for each month that the resolutions coordinated with. In Happier At Home, Rubin completes a second happiness project but this time she focuses on her home life. She focuses on a wide range of home related themes such as personal possessions, relationships with family members and time management. Rubin’s ultimate goal with this second happiness project was to realize what she truly desired from her home life and what efforts she could make that would heighten the experience of happiness within her home.
This book is right up my alley since I have a major fascinated with the concept of home. Not just the physical and aesthetic elements (interior design) that make up a home, but also the emotional and mental experience (health) of home. Actually, many of the same studies and books that Rubin references in Happier At Home, I also used while doing research for my interior design graduate school thesis project. I strongly believe that our home experience plays a significant role in our overall health, happiness and ability to be successful in life. My personal interest in achieving a healthy home environment is exactly why I decided to start this blog in the first place. So, of course, I want to attempt my own happiness project!
Now that I am just coming out of the postpartum fog and starting to get back in to the swing of normal day-to-day life, this seems like the perfect time to reset and establish some new positive habits. I decided that I am going to start with a six-month long happiness project beginning this month (June) and ending with the new year. Just in time for the January Cure assignments to begin. At the end of each month, I will post a blog update explaining what my specific resolutions were for the past month and describing how the experience went. Hopefully, I will discover some helpful advice to share along the way. Below I have listed my themes for each of the next six month. Some of these themes are the same as Rubin used in her happiness project, some are my own creation.
June: Mommy Makeover (Be Comfortable In My Skin)
July: Curb Appeal (Play In The Dirt)
August: Marriage (Prove My Love)
September: Parenthood (Be Present)
October: Nooks and Crannies (Deep Clean)
November: Interior Design (Renovate Myself)
December: Possessions (Find Joy In The Little Things)
I highly recommend checking out Happier At Home and/or The Happiness Project if any of this sounds intriguing to you. I’d love to hear from anyone wanting to play along and create their own happiness project. I look forward to sharing my progress!