Happiness Challenge: 12 Principles to Improve Your Life

During the process of trying to de-clutter my home, I ended up finding an old book called "The Happiness Project".  I know, it sounds silly, and it seems like just another project to add to my ever-growing to-do list.  I'm very reluctant to let go of my books, so before doing so, I decided to go through it once again and see if  maybe, who knows, I could adapt it to fit my own life/happiness style.

The thing that struck me the most about finding the book was the fact that I had been thinking of starting a 21 day challenge to detox my mind and change/improve a few habits.  I mean, who couldn't benefit from a few improvements, right?

As a full-time mom, my daily schedule consists of work deadlines, driving to soccer practices, the eventual visit to the physical therapist, all of this while trying to squeeze a gym class to preserve my sanity.

March being my birthday month, it makes perfect sense to start this Life/Happiness Challenge, so I came up with a list of 12 principles to improve my life:

1. Inspiration.  Start a gratitude journal.  Jot down in one word what I'm grateful for everyday.

2. Don't criticize the people around me.  Dare to see the glass half full.

3. Health watch.  Take a 30 min walk every day.

4. Talk it out.  Share it during family dinner.

5. Find more joy.  Make plans to have coffee or a drink with a friend and follow through with it.

6. Do something new.  Either a new computer skill, interior design, learn to knit, endless choices.

7. Reach out.  Take a few minutes to call someone I haven't talked to in a while.

8. Write. Write. Write. Blog. Journal.

9. Volunteer.  Help out at a local food bank.  Sign-up for a charity event.

10. Be Humble. Compliment others. Write a Thank You card.

11. Be adventurous.  I love wearing black, but it's time to add some colorful shoes or accessories.  Baby steps. Baby steps.

12. Count my blessings and achievements.  Pat myself in the back.

Happy Improving!


  1. Hahaha, it's so strange, a friend gave me this book years ago, and I read it and kind of just nodded my head, and forgot about it altogether. I just finished a book clean-out this past week, and found it again! Definitely sounds like it's time for a re-visit. Thank you so much for this post!

    1. Wow, talk about a coincidence... Thank you for reading it :-)