Zero to Happy

Although I wouldn't classify myself as a happy person, I also wouldn't call myself unhappy. While I am cognizant of all that I have in my life that does make me happy, I tend to lose sight of them and focus on the negative. Rejection from a job interview, the cats emptying the contents of my purse for the billionth time, a glass of spilled milk, not receiving a good-night kiss--all small grievances in the grand scheme of things, yet I seem to find myself stuck on them, mulling them over time and time again until I find a cloud above my head and the entire world seems to be against me. Dramatic? Definitely. Completely honest? Absolutely.

In a moment of sheer desperation, or perhaps out of a more subtle want to change the way I view things, I picked up a copy of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. In it, Gretchen spends one year consciously trying to change bad habits and focusing on what really mattered in her life--family, friends, and happiness. The book is well written, documenting her successes and failures on a (sometimes very) personal level, and includes a lot of useful information about the science of happiness, as well as different thoughts and beliefs from different cultures. 

I have found her journey to be inspiring, and although it isn't entirely original, have decided to embark on my own Happiness Project. I made a list of all of the things that I want to accomplish with this challenge--some are inspired by the book, others are traits that I've admired in other people or habits that I want to form for myself. Each week I will tackle the new one, while trying to carry forward the previous challenges. I don't anticipate that it will be easy, but in the end I hope to learn a lot--and, of course, look at life with an optimistic tilt! 

Come back each Wednesday to see where this experience will take me, and be sure to let me know if you have decided to join in! 

Visit my Zero to Happy page for the full list of challenges! 

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