I finished The Happiness Project and I’ve been trying really hard to follow my 12 Commandments. I find myself using “Pause. Breathe.” and “Think Friends Before Finances” the most often. I tell myself to “Do it Now” a lot, but I haven’t been great about actually following through on that one yet. So I’m going to try and focus on less frittering and procrastination and more productivity over the next week.
To increase my happiness, in addition to the 12 Commandments, I’ve also decided to focus on being thankful. I wrote a few thank you notes to friends, which I never would have done before, and I made a “Happiness Calendar.” Gretchen talked about doing a one-sentence journal to record things that happened every day, and I loved that idea. I saw on pinterest a calendar in a box with an index card for every day; you use the same cards for several years, writing down a sentence or two about something that happened that day, until your cards are filled up and you have 5-10 years worth of memories. I made my calendar with the plan to use it to record moments that made me happy that day, not just any random thing that happened. Hopefully it will make me more aware of things that make me happy throughout the day.