The Happiness Project. For 7 months I have persisted in posting how I have lived my life according to Gretchen’s suggestions, and how I planned to live it for the coming weeks. I made the attempt to sound cheery and show that this book may indeed be changing my life. But has it? Not really.
What I finally realised this week was that the project was becoming a chore. This post is delayed because I was dreading writing it. In August we were meant to ‘get spiritual’ and as somebody raised as a Roman Catholic I immediately thought “been there, done that”. It was at this moment I decided that I cannot live my life to the timetable of others. Even though Gretchen encourages readers to devise their own plan, I found it still a bit too forced for me. So, what should I do?
I am going to be happy in my way in over a period of time which is right for me. I will continue to read the book but just to gain some tips and to read another perspective. What I have gathered from these last months though is that documenting what does/does not make me happy is a good thing. I will continue to do that but not on such a big scale. What you will begin to find instead is little snippets of things which have recently boosted my happiness levels. This starts today and the realisation that I can eat a tasty salad without meat, bread or cheese. Go me!