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The Happiness Project: July is the Month to Regroup

Sunday, July 3, 2011

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It's time for a happiness project check-in!

I have several themes I want to focus on during the rest of the year, but none of them seemed right for July.

Since I'd only made charts for the first half of the year, I decided to take the opportunity to review all of my resolutions to date and winnow it down to the ones I felt did the most for my level of happiness. I had a mini-meltdown last Thursday (a combination of many different factors, including lack of sleep and way too much paperwork) and decided that I couldn't put anything more on my plate right. So July is going to be a month for solidifying the habits I've been trying to build so far this year, so I'm more prepared to continue through the rest of the year.

Here's what I'll be concentrating on for July:
  • January: Wii Fit twice a week and taking vitamins every morning. I'm also adding "sunscreen" to the the list because I've never been able to remember to wear it even when I put it right next to the bathroom sink, and I suddenly realized having it on my chart would give me the needed push to make it a habit.
  • February: I'm dividing up my journal into two sections and I'm going to keep two separate lists: One of things I'm grateful for and one of things I'm looking forward to. I'll add one thing each day. I will also continue "doing my homework" once a week.
  • March: It will continue to be a priority to check that I have everything I need before leaving home, and I'll keep pushing myself to save my work as often as possible. I'd also really like to get our emergency kits finished -- now that Mike has a job, we'll have a little extra cash to make these kind of purchases.
  • April: I'm keeping my resolution to always have an e-mail draft saved to someone, though I might eventually push myself to send one short e-mail a day. Otherwise I end up with one draft sitting around for a week or more.
  • May: I definitely want to continue having lunch with one friend each month.
  • June: Mike and I have gotten back in the habit of praying together every night, and I'd like to keep that up.
To me, this seems manageable and a good way to keep up the best parts of my project thus far.

The hardest thing for me is to remember that this isn't a project for "self-improvement" but for happiness, and that my No. 1 resolution is "Be Jessica." Even though there are some things I'd really like to do (like striking up conversations with strangers), they're just not realistic for me and end up producing more stress than happiness. I have to make resolutions that work within the boundaries of who I am.

How is your year going? If you made New Year's resolutions, have you stuck with them? Are there some you decided to let go of?


  1. I love that your resolution is not self improvement but to just be you! I think I need to adopt a resolution of happiness... there sure are things that I could do to improve my happiness. Maybe I should make July my month of deep reflection and facing the difficult decisions that I need to make in order to allow myself to be me and therefore allowing me the chance at happiness! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. @Missy
    I'm glad this struck a chord with you! I highly recommend Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project, which was my inspiration to start my own happiness project. It's amazing to me how small steps can make such a big difference, although it's definitely been a journey of self-discovery as well, as I figure out which things are really important to me or have a big effect on my life/happiness. Good luck with your own exploration!


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