Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness. Mostly because it’s eluding me. It would be absurd to say I’m UNhappy, because I have blessings beyond measure. I gratefully acknowledge that I’m more fortunate than the majority of people who walk the planet. Or have EVER walked the planet. Knowing this, however, doesn’t always keep me from feeling…
I am in a funk. Majorly. I need to figure out how to un-funk myself.
So recently I read Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project. (And to be honest, my frequent reaction was an urge to suggest to the author that she get over herself. Nevertheless... ) I found some of Rubin’s ideas intriguing. Basically, she advises all earnest seekers of greater contentment to:
- identify the essential components for your personal pursuit of happiness
- come up with a set of measurable actions (resolutions) for achieving them
- tackle each component in turn, devoting full attention to one before moving on to the next.
And so Rubin started her own happiness project with a fully developed and documented plan that included 11 different targets and their associated resolutions -- one target per month with a final month to relish it all coming together. The Happiness Project chronicles this mission: one woman’s entire year of thoughtfully and mindfully striving to happi-fy herself.
I myself decided to dispense with most of the fussiness, and – how about that! – I’m happier already! But seriously, I gleaned some good kernels from this book, and I’m ready to try putting them into action. I’m ready to find out if happiness is truly something that can be crafted.