I'm only on Chapter 3, and already I'm implementing some of Gretchen's simple tips for happier living.
Oh, and guess what? I feel happier! I really do.
In initiating my New Year's Resolution to find joy in a more balanced life, I have to report that the small stuff matters (who said we shouldn't sweat it?), especially in the life of a busy mom.
Who knew getting dressed in an actual "outside the house" outfit every morning and clearing off a pile-collecting kitchen countertop every week could make me feel so good? And almost accomplished. Yes, accomplished! — without even pulling out the vacuum or toilet brush or running a marathon or remodeling my kitchen!
So it turns out Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun is right in line with my resolution too. Paying attention to small, even crazy obvious, solutions can make a lot of happiness. I swear!
At her keynote last week, Gretchen offered three take-away tips for happiness seekers, and they were as simple as they come:
- Get enough sleep (7-8 hours a night).
- Declutter (she said, "If you need to self medicate, clean a closet.").
- Learn something new.
Simple but at the same time genius! Think about how good you feel after getting a full night's sleep or decluttering a messy room or drawer. Think about the natural high you get from being engaged and excited and learning something new.
Heloise of the time-honored Hints From Heloise fame was there on the panel next to Gretchen too! Her take-away tips:
- Pick three things to clean and keep clean in your home (yes, just three!).
- Take five minutes of peace for yourself every day (even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom to get it).
I don't know about you, but these are the kinds happiness tips I can actually apply in my life (well, still working on the sleep thing; have some work to do there since I currently believe sleep is a big waste of my precious time).
Check out my other post in which I apply Gretchen's closet-cleaning tips to our big closet (the morning after I returned home from hearing her speak!). It was awesome! And her chapter on Marriage also had me in tears and wanting to work harder in that regard.
Have you heard of The Happiness Project yet? Does the idea of seeking happiness scare you or thrill you (be honest)?