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The Happiness Project: Getting Started

June 25, 2010

Twelve Areas of Focus:

  1. Energy/Health
  2. Nutrition
  3. Exercise
  4. Money
  5. Organization
  6. Spiritual
  7. Passion
  8. Mindfulness
  9. Work
  10. School
  11. Friends/Family/Relationships
  12. Play

My Twelve Commandments:

  1. Be Faith
  2. Progress, not perfection
  3. Be who God made me to be
  4. Nothing tastes as good as good as healthy feels
  5. Live by the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlene, and self control.
  6. Radically accept, then let it go.
  7. Acknowledge both successes and failures.
  8. Feel my feelings, don’t run or hid from them with addictive behaviors.
  9. Do what ought to be done.
  10. Enjoy the process, or at least be mindful of it.
  11. Act the way I want to feel.
  12. Be authentic and honest.

Secrets of Adulthood

  • Same negative behavior, same negative outcome.
  • Let people know you appreciate them
  • Every time you see a $5, put it on a box.
  • Ask for help
  • Ask for accountability
  • Do things that are uncomfortable
  • Dress in layers
  • Keep blood sugar level and always have a snack in your purse
  • You don’t have to be good at everything,
  • Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy, it’s okay to experience positive emotions
  • People don’t alway know where you are coming from and that’s okay, accept them and accept it.
  • Personal conversations and notes are better than anything technology has to offer.
  • No food is a bad food, it is all about moderation.
  • You can live as a child at heart but you still have to remember adult responsibilities such as paying bills, buying tp and laundry deterent, and facing the mailbox-it’s ok to throw a private tantrum later if you smile and own it.
  • When everything is crashing in, peace be still, and know that He is God.
  • Just because life isn’t following your plan doesn’t mean it’s messing up.
  • Courage, patience, passion, and persistence, are more important than talent.
  • Leave a coupon out for the next person, everyone enjoys a bargain and you never know when that 55 cents might come back around.
  • “If I’m not good to myself how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” -Maya Angelou

I’m not exactly sure how all of this will come to fruition. A lot of things are going to be worked on at the same time, versus waiting four months from now to start sticking to a budget and such, but that’s what’s so great about this, it’s my project and I can taylor it to my needs. Now that I’ve laid the foundation, I can see where the next step will take me.

Bring it on!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Shannon permalink
    June 25, 2010 6:19 pm

    Very insightful. I like the last 3 words the best; powerful.

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