heather's happiness project



"i didn't want to look back at the ened of my life after some great catastrophe and think "how happy i used to be then if i'd only realized it. i needed to think about this, how could i discipline myself to feel grateful for my ordinary day? how could i set a higher standard for myself.....all of these thoughts flooded through my mind, and as i sat on that crowded bus, i grasped two things: i wasn't as happy as i could be, and my life wasn't going to change unless i made it change. in that single moment with that realization, i decided to dedicate a year to trying to be happier" gretchen rubin, happiness project, pg.3

have you heard of the book the happiness project? it is a memoir dedicated to a womens decision to try and become happier in a years time. she was always a happy individual but felt that she could do more to make herself actually more happier. and it worked! every month she would give herself new goals to try and make herself happier, such as sing in the morning, find a new hobby, make a new friend. it was SO inspiring that i want to start doing my own happiness project. granted i am a very happy person, but could i try and become happier, absolutely! this book really emphasizes that happiness is something that we choose. we can all become happier people but we do have to work at it. in the book, the author gretchen starts with her "12 commandments" of her happiness project that outlines the overall goals she establishes in the months. and then each month comes up with a category to grow or find happiness in. so, i have come up with a few of my own commandments and goals for this month to  create a happier heather. who doesn't want to be happier?

heather's happiness rules

you can't do everything, it's okay to say no
get 8 hours of sleep
always wake up with enough time to enjoy the mornings
take 5 minutes a day to clean up and remove clutter
if you want to do something, do it! 
be a good friend
don't expect praise or appreciation 
enjoy each moment or process
think before you act or speak

august goals
read or do something you've never done
start a club
make a new friend
smile even when you don't feel like it
read my bible everyday (sad to say i don't always do this)
keep reading about gardening so you can be more prepared for next year
do something with all of those pictures you take!

i am excited to start this little project of mine. the book was so insightful of how to find joy in all of the littlest moments. i want to be continiously pushing my growth as an individual, develop meaningful relationships, and to be the happiest i can be. so with that, comes a mini happiness project! 


  1. you're so cute. I love this. What kind of club are you going to start? I want to play!! ;) our book club we never started, homemade ice cream club at your house?

  2. I LOVE your blog...and love happiness project idea! :)

  3. LOVE this! I have been wanting to read that book, & you just made me want to read it even more!

  4. I love this!! I want to read that book for sure, I've heard a lot about it! I've also been seeing a lot of goals being set for shorter time frames. I have the whole "101 in 1001" thing, but sometimes it's hard to focus on that because it's so far away and it's a long list of things, I think I'm going to edit it and create a shorter goal list for either every month or every few months! Best of luck pursuing your happier life! :)

  5. i love, love, love this book! it is such a good reminder. good luck with your own happiness project.

  6. I've never heard of this book, but now I totally want to read it

  7. Yay!! This is such an awesome idea!! I keep hearing great things about that book, I may need to read it! :) Thanks for sharing this I need to be better at this, I think anyone can always be better!


  8. wow! this an awesome post. i am definitely going to the bookstore and buying that book this weekend. it sounds great! thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh I love this, I hope you will keep your blog updated on the progress.
    PS I also want to start a club...possibly of the wine drinking kind haha ;-)

    xo Laura Beth


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