The Happiness Project JournalPosted: January 9, 2012
Last summer, our book club read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
For those who haven’t read the book, it chronicles a year of the author’s exercises toward happiness. Each month, a new set of resolutions. For example:
- Get more sleep.
- Quit complaining.
- Clean closets.
- Give proofs of love.
- Ask for help.
- Forget about results.
- Find more fun.
- Start a blog. Hey, I like that! 🙂
- Keep a one-sentence journal, which leads me to….
Oh my, a journal! A happiness journal!
I haven’t [faithfully] kept a journal in….well, faithfully….ever.
I had my little locked diary with key when I was a silly young girl with deep thoughts about my days. I had a gratitude journal for a while in my early 20s. I used to write down my dreams every morning. But eventually, these fell by the wayside and I just didn’t keep up.
I’m really excited about this, though – one sentence a day is completely doable and will help me capture where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and how I’ve felt.
I started writing entries immediately:
I imagine looking back at what I’ve written weeks, months, years from now. Maybe every entry won’t be overly insightful or profound, but a memory will be recorded and I’ll see where genuine happiness was had.
“The days are long, but the years are short.”
Isn’t that the truth.
Do you keep a journal? Do you write every day or every now and then? How often do you look back at what you wrote?