Happiness Challenge: 12 Principles to Improve Your Life

Sunday, March 4, 2018





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!






2 comments:

  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!

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

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