SparkPeople The Happiness Project Team Messageboard The Happiness Project is a best-selling book by Gretchen Rubin. It guides readers through 12 months of self-reflection and action plans. Jump in any time! SparkPeople The Happiness Project Team Messageboard Good deeds in November Hi! I've been supporting my boyfriend, his Father died suddenly. I really liked him too, it's pretty sad. I also sent lots of condolence cards and email to family members. Hope it helped! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:17:46 EST Happiness Is.... Getting a haircut!!! Oh it feels so good to have my hair short again :) My hair dresser moved from one salon to another so it messed up my standing hair appointment. I am back on track once again :) <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween everyone! <BR> <BR> So....what made you happy today? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:06:28 EST Good deeds in October A new month to do random acts of kindness! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:46:16 EST August: Contemplate the Heavens Better late than never! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:52:15 EST July: Buy Some Happiness Hi! Sorry I've been off track! Jump in as you like, the calendar month doesn't matter, it can be whenever you get to it! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:51:37 EST Good deeds in August Hi! Just starting this thread while I'm thinking about it even though August only starts tomorrow! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:21:26 EST Good deeds in July Better late than never....want to share any good deeds you've done this month? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:20:55 EST What Changes Have You Made Towards Happiness? Though I have not kept up with the re-reading of The Happiness Project, I have been implementing some of her suggestions into my life with good results: <BR> <BR> * Sleeping more <BR> * Eliminating alcohol from my diet <BR> * Connecting more with family and friends <BR> * Accomplishing my to-dos <BR> * Eating healthy foods <BR> * Meditating <BR> <BR> I must say - sleeping more and not drinking alcohol and increased my happiness quotient quite a bit. Also - connecting with friends and famil... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:23:25 EST Bowling Alone Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I just finished reading the book, "Bowling Alone". It is a sociological look at communities and how our connections (or social capital) have been diminishing every since the 40's and 50's. We go to church less, we invite people over for dinner or conversation less, we attend club meetings less, and yes - we are not participating in bowling leagues as we once did. The book is a heavy, but very informative read. It also touched on happiness. <BR> <BR> When we, as a com... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:19:28 EST Happy words A to Z Affection Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:00:01 EST Good deeds in June Hello! Did you do anything to make someone else happy today, or make their day a little easier? Sun, 1 Jun 2014 21:49:54 EST Hell-o from the buckle of the bible belt I am enjoying the Happiness Project <BR> Kinda late but my remaining time will be happier <BR> 05.16.2014 <BR> Woke up to a sound unlike I have ever heard before. BANG THUMP CRASH <BR> I say,"Bob what is that sound?" <BR> "It is me, jumping for Joy like you said yesterday" <BR> "Supposed to have some reason to jump for joy", I reply. <BR> "Well, I woke up didn't I" then what else <BR> "I gotta jump too!" <BR> Today in the Happier Home is to 'do someone else's task" <BR> As you can see ... Sat, 17 May 2014 12:40:16 EST May - Leisure Hello! I was travelling most of April, sorry I didn't participate more! <BR> <BR> May is here, and it's spring! (I think we're all from the northern hemisphere?) <BR> <BR> Have you thought about this month's projects yet? The chapter makes me want to read some children's literature. The weather isn't really warm here yet, but on the rare sunny days I do feel light and almost "silly" I guess. <BR> <BR> I also like the Blank Books she mentions in this chapter. I think I'll do something lik... Sun, 4 May 2014 14:43:11 EST Silly, ridiculous everyday moments Hello! Let's share funny, silly stories, links, pictures...whatever! Sun, 4 May 2014 14:33:51 EST May challenge - Be serious about play The leisure challenges in the book for May are: <BR> <BR> - Find more fun <BR> - Take time to be silly <BR> - Go off the path <BR> - Start a collection Sun, 4 May 2014 13:44:47 EST Good deeds in May I love this idea that MeddyPeddy started! <BR> Fri, 2 May 2014 12:58:58 EST Good deeds i april I asked my dogcare lady to join me to the theatre, she was tired but it still was a good deed to ask her... I have given away a bag of booksand I was really too nice to daughter with friend this weekend, I spoil them and I am not sure it is good... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:50:06 EST Lighten Up challenges Hello! <BR> <BR> Here are the goals Gretchen laid out for April/Lighten Up month: <BR> <BR> - sing in the morning! <BR> - acknowledge the reality of people's feelings <BR> - be a treasure house of happy memories <BR> - take time for projects Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:16:13 EST April - Lighten Up Hello Happiness Project People! <BR> <BR> I like the goal to lighten up! Especially in the spring! <BR> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:13:29 EST April - lighten up The chapter is a lot about family - and family with smallchildren. I can let make me unhappy as I don´t live with my daughter and I am really really good at those kind of things that Gretchen describes and it really annoys me that I can´t let my daugter live with them... <BR> <BR> But why should it only be with family and kids - I am thinking that I can use many of these thoughts with my friends and coworkers, as soon as I have something practical to report, I will! <BR> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 00:10:30 EST International Happiness Day! March 20 Last year, the UN declared March 20 to be International Day of Happiness! <BR> <BR> What's making you happy today? <BR> <link><BR>ways-of-looking-at-happiness </link> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:17:00 EST March challenges: Aim Higher The challenges Gretchen lists for March are: <BR> <BR> - launch a blog <BR> - enjoy the fun of failure <BR> - ask for help <BR> - work smart <BR> - enjoy now Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:53:27 EST Loving My Work I really love parts of my job! I love the company I work for! I love my generous extended health plan! I like most of my colleagues and clients! I like the new things I learn at work! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:24:31 EST March - Aim Higher: Work Hello! I must admit I haven't cracked open the March chapter yet! But here's a thread if anyone else wants to share March Happiness Project ideas or reflections! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:00:23 EST Good deeds in march Taking my dog care lady to the theatre - she has been in mental hospital for four months. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:22:26 EST Loving My Body Because I love my body, I am going to get healthy and lose a few pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <em>362</em> <em>342</em> <em>220</em> <em>135</em> <em>188</em> <em>26</em> <BR> FEBRUARY <em>410</em> <em>26</em> 2/28 GW - 138 <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> God is in everything I see. <BR> I could see peace instead of emotional hunger. <BR> If I am satisfied but believe I am hungry, I am seeing something that is not there. I am ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:35:12 EST Good deeds in february Walked with doggy to a friends farm and fed her chicken and cats as she is away for the weekend. It was two hours of walking, which was too much for my poor feet, spent the rest of the afternoon in a chair by the teve, moaning with pain every time I had to get up to do something... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 00:10:11 EST February - Remember Love I'm not married or co-habitating, I don't have children or roommates. I have a boyfriend but he lives in Sweden and I live in Canada. So, I might not really be able to relate to parts of this chapter. Of course I have daily contact with friends, neighbours and co-workers so I'll see if I can apply it to those. <BR> <BR> I've only read the intro and the Quit Nagging parts of February so far. The part about the cards made me laugh...I do nag my boyfriend to add notes to cards I painstakingly s... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 00:19:41 EST Remember Love Challenges - February chapter Hello! February is here and there are new tasks for us. The theme for this section is "Remember Love" and the tasks are: <BR> <BR> - Quit nagging <BR> - Don't expect praise or appreciation <BR> - Fight right <BR> - No dumping <BR> - Give proofs of love <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 00:00:45 EST January - 12 Commandments Have you taken a look at the 12 Commandments? You can use hers of fine-tune to suit yourself <BR> <BR> For me I pretty much used hers, slightly re-worded: <BR> <BR> 1 - Be Magnolia416 <BR> 2 - Contemplate, but don't dwell <BR> 3 - Behave the way I want to feel <BR> 4 - Take action steps <BR> 5 - Keep calm <BR> 6 - Be patient with the steps <BR> 7 - Pay it forward <BR> 8 - Identify the core of the problem <BR> 9 - Lighten up <BR> 10- Prioritze to do list and follow through <BR> 11- Create sp... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:03:57 EST Boost Energy Challenges - January chapter Hello! January is almost over but I just thought of this...we could check about how we are doing with the basic tasks for the month. <BR> <BR> For January Boost Energy <BR> - Go to sleep earlier <BR> - Exercise better <BR> - Toss, restore, organize <BR> - Tackle a nagging task <BR> - Act more energetic Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:44:31 EST January - Secrets of Adulthood Hello! In the Getting Started section there is a list called Secrets of Adulthood. For me it's on page 11. Do any of them speak to you? Do you have any to add? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:26:44 EST January Progress JANUARY - started 1/9 <BR> <em>67</em> <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <em>362</em> <em>342</em> <em>220</em> <em>135</em> <em>188</em> <BR> This month I will work on procrastination. <BR> It is not about perfection but about progress. <BR> <BR> Weights/isometrics Minutes, Put things back <BR> 1/09 - 0, no <BR> 1/10 - 6, yes <BR> 1/11 - 0, no <BR> 1/12 - 6, yes <BR> 1/13 - 0, yes <BR> 1/14 - 8, no <BR> 1/15 - 6, yes <BR> 1/16 - 6, yes <BR> 1/17 - 5, yes <BR> 1/18 - 7, yes ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:43:42 EST Good deeds in january: As doing good towards others is a proven method to feel happier I have decided to try to do something unselfish for others every day during january - and this is the post where I will note it. Feel free to join! <BR> <BR> 1 january: Helped a friend to tow her car from where it broke down to a workshop - she offered gas money but I refused as I know she is very poor for the moment. <BR> <BR> 2 january: Posted an article (by snailmail) to my sister that I knew would cheer her up <BR> <BR> 3 ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:50:32 EST January - Boost Energy The tasks are: <BR> <BR> - Go to sleep earlier <BR> - Exercise better <BR> - Toss, restore, organize <BR> - Tackle a nagging task <BR> - Act more energetic <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't read the chapter yet but I'm working on these tasks starting now! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:46:45 EST Yes or No: do u believe u can be happier? YES!!! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:36:06 EST Inspiring books, blogs or movies Hello! Thought I'd start a thread so we can share the titles of other books and blogs that we find inspiration from! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:41:18 EST January! - Getting Started Hello! Here is a thread to chat about the Getting Started opening chapter! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:43:01 EST Happier At Home I haven't read this book yet but I surely will! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:53:10 EST The Happiness Project - find the book! I have this book! I bought it a couple years ago at the airport. I was working at a really stressful job. One of my aquaintances had mentioned The Happiness Project on Facebook so when I saw it at the airport bookstore I had to have it. I didn't finish it and I probably don't remember much of it, so I'm excited to do it again, starting in January 2014! <BR> <BR> I have a few books and projects to finish up in December but I'll be fresh and ready in January! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:51:49 EST welcome! introduce yourself! Hello! <BR> <BR> I read most of the book a couple years ago but I’d like to go through the months along with the book starting in January. I’d love to have some Spark pals to do it at the same time. <BR> <BR> The New Year always makes me optimistic about making changes and having a group will help us keep motivated to work on it throughout the year. Let’s all get the book and be ready to reflect and learn starting in January 2014! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:46:31 EST