Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happiness Project Month 1 - October - Try New Things

I should start by saying that my Happiness Project actually started towards the end of September but for the purpose of keeping things neat lets just say it officially started in October. 

I originally read Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project last year and after a difficult few months and feeling inspired after reading Alix's posts about her Happiness Project, I thought I would have a go at doing my own and documenting it here on my blog. 

It was quite a spur of the moment decision to embark on my Happiness Project so I haven't planned it out as much as Gretchen. I do however hope to be able to spend a little bit more time over the coming months planning and putting more thought into my project but initially I just wanted to get started. 

Usually with a Happiness Project there is a general theme for each month and then a series of resolutions to go alongside the theme that help you keep to your goals. The project usually lasts for 12 months. For the first month as I said I didn't really do this but I intend on doing it for the months to come.

I decided my first month would be dedicated to trying new things. After a difficult few months I was left feeling in a very deflated, down and depressed state. I decided that I am ultimately responsible for my happiness and I needed to do something to pick myself up and dust myself off. I didn't want to do anything too bold or defined as the chances were I wouldn't stick to it. I thought an easy way to get things going would be to try new things. Although this may sound simple this was a very easy way for me to have something to focus on and to be open to new experiences and opportunities, not just in terms of physically trying new things but also trying new ways of thinking. 

So how would I summarise my first month? I would say fantastic! I have tried so many new things I couldn't possibly list them all. I've tried new foods, a new phone, booking a last minute holiday, a new style of glasses frame, new yoga poses, new books, learning to love my body, stressing less, lightening up, I could go on and on. 
The biggest thing I've learned this month is how enriching life can actually be if you keep yourself open to new things. Its so easy to always order the same thing in a restaurant, stick with the same style, and generally stay within your comfort zone. Well as cliche as it is life is what happens when you take yourself out of your comfort zone. There are so many amazing things waiting for you out there if you just try them! 
One of the fundamental things I tried was lightening up, just letting things go and telling myself things "aren't a big deal" It is amazing how before I would have flown off the handle for the slightest thing but just saying to myself quietly "its not a big deal" makes such a massive difference I cant tell you.
This leads on to my theme for November - Be Kind to Yourself. This month I want to build on Octobers resolutions and focus on being kind to myself. I for one am way too hard on myself, constantly stressed, beating myself up about something - and what for? I can tell you first hand it does you absolutely no good. Old habits die hard however but I feel like with the lessons I've learned from this past month I'm well armed to go into November with the firm resolution of being kind to myself. I've been thinking about my resolutions for this month and so far this is what I have:
Sleep Right
Eat Well
Drink more water
Stress Less
Stay Present
I may add to these throughout the month but will be back at the end of November to fill you in with how I got on. I'm excited to share my Happiness Project with you - have you ever heard of The Happiness Project before? 

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1 comment

  1. I've never heard of The Happiness Project before but it sounds like a really good thing! At the start of this year I began a series on my blog called 'Pretty Positives' whereby every Monday I listed a few positives that had happened in the previous week - no negatives were allowed! It helped me to put things into perspective and realise that, actually life isn't as bad as it seems. It helped me to appreciate the small simple things as well (i.e. my boyfriend making me a cup of tea off his own back, because usually he doesn't!!). I didn't manage to keep it up though but this project is definitely something I'm going to look into for the new year :-) x


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