SparkPeople SparkPeople 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 SparkPeople Happiness Project Team Messageboard Letter to Team About New SparkPage Dear Team, <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, SparkPeople has changed our SparkPages. If you are not pleased with the new design and how it is working, please message them about it. They have a suggestion box, which you can use to let them know how you feel. Here is the link to that: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This can be used for anything, anytime, so please bookmark it to use again. <BR> <BR> “Never doubt that a small gr... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 07:39:29 EST Life Lessons from David Suzuki on his 80th bday <link><BR>eos/10154027261176950/ </link> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:35:39 EST Happy Is the New Healthy Hey Happy Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share a book I just finished reading. I wrote the review on Goodreads, but I will share it here with you as well: <BR> <BR> Happy Is the New Healthy: 31 Ways to Relax, Let Go, and Enjoy Life NOW! <BR> <BR> When I first started reading this book - I think I read about the first three chapters and decided that I did not like the authors voice. I felt the author was a bit to harsh. But I did not want to send the book back to the library without fini... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:26:30 EST New Here <em>252</em> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:17:33 EST January - Boost Energy! I finally read the first chapter of the Happiness Project book (this has to be at least the third time I read this chapter). The funny thing was, I have been working on these energy boosting ideas all month - even without the chapter :) <BR> <BR> Go to Sleep Earlier -- this one has been my main focus for a while and I seem to be doing a good job at it. I track my sleep with an IPhone app called Sleep Quality. According to my app - I have increased my average length of sleep from 7h 40m t... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:31:39 EST Reset, refresh, renew: 16 songs for 2016 about sta <link>!/blogs/2015/12/Reset-<BR>refresh-renew-16-songs-for-2016-about-<BR>starting-over </link> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:16:53 EST journalling Do you diarize? I do off and on... <BR> <link><BR>ng-non-negotiable-in-2016/ </link> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:06:32 EST Happiness Project 2016! Hello! MeddyPeddy has stepped up with enthusiasm to revive our SP Happiness Project! Who's in? Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:34:04 EST Better Than Before - New Book! Hey Team!! What a great time of year to get the Happiness Project Team back and moving forward! I just received Gretchen Rubin's new book (well, now in paperback) "Better Than Before". I just started reading the book, but wanted to share with all of you where I am on my Happiness Project progress. The book is about habits - the different ways people view habits and different ways that you may adopt new habits, etc. I am looking forward to the book. I know what I need to do to be happie... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:14:08 EST Being Optimistic Even When it is Hard Several times we have mentioned in our group that we can't be happy all of the time - it is not a realistic goal. Here is a link to an article from Mind, Body, Green that talks about why we are prone to negative thinking - and how we can acknowledge it and start thinking more optimistically. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-be-optimistic-even-at-rock-bottom.htm<BR>l?utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_<BR>content=daily&utm_campaign=150818-how-<BR>to-be-optimistic-e... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:25:15 EST Happy Earth Day! We all know that being kind to others can make both of us about being kind to the Earth? <BR> <BR> Bring a reusable mug to buy your tea, wear second hand clothes, eat less meat, take transit/bike/walk, carpool..... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:49:53 EST Better Than Before Have you read Gretchen's new book yet? <BR> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:22:14 EST International Happiness Day! Today is the first full day of spring, and International Happiness Day! <BR> <BR> Are you happy? Are you looking for things to be happy about? Have you heard a happy song? Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:12:41 EST Gretchen's podcast Hi! Have you heard? Gretchen and her sister just started a podcast. It's called Happier With Gretchen Rubin. <BR> <BR> You can listen to it here on Sound Cloud: <BR> <link><BR>er-with-gretchen-rubin-ep-001 </link> <BR> <BR> There's only one episode so far. The first one is about the One-Minute Rule. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:46:04 EST March I can't believe it is March already!! My office is on a two hour delay and my daughter's school is closed due to the ice that is covering everything outside. This is just crazy weather! At least we have a 50F high to look forward to on Wednesday. I have to read the March chapter and then get back to everyone. Let's get moving on our Happiness Project work!! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:14:08 EST February resolutions From the book: <BR> <BR> Quit nagging <BR> Don't expect praise or appreciation <BR> Fight right <BR> No dumping <BR> Give proofs of love <BR> <BR> You can make up your own resolutions if you don't like these! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:15:20 EST February: Remember Love Ready to rock the next section? <BR> <BR> I'm not married and don't have children, and I live alone....but I'll find something in this chapter! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:13:53 EST January Review Hiya! Are you ready to finish up January? If not, carry on! The book is organized by months but you can do it at your own pace or start any time during the year. <BR> <BR> Do you feel happier, calmer or more organized? Do you feel you've boosted your energy? <BR> <BR> My apartment is still disorganized, but I feel better! I'm going to start the February projects but keep up with these ones. <BR> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:36:09 EST Act more energetic "act the way I want to feel" (Gretchen) <BR> <BR> "action and feeling go together, and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not" (William James) <BR> <BR> I'm working on ACTING more energetic. I try to model alert posture at work, lively energy when I'm walking, confidence in about you? Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:18:59 EST Tackle a nagging task She writes about how liberated we can feel when we finally just do something that's been on our list for a long time and actually doesn't take long to complete. <BR> <BR> An unfinished task, she says, drains energy and causes guilt. <BR> <BR> I've made a chart in Google Drive with 3 columns: Urgent, Important and Maybe. I've put all my nagging tasks in a column according to how much of a priority it is, and I've divided it by days and weeks too. <BR> <BR> Today I booked a bunch of medical... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:14:15 EST January - toss, restore, organize I'm sort of working on this one, but I have much more to do! <BR> <BR> Thoughts from the book: <BR> - household disorder drains energy <BR> - eliminating clutter reduces need for housework by 40% <BR> - psychic clutter of loose ends <BR> - make a list, do a little every day <BR> - focus on "dump zones" <BR> - imagine that you are moving and consider what you'd want to bring with you <BR> - keep one empty shelf <BR> - "identify the problem" from the Commandments <BR> - have a specific place f... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:09:45 EST .. . Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:33:54 EST January - exercise boosts energy! Have you read the section in the January chapter about exercise? <BR> <BR> Things that stand out for me: <BR> <BR> - intrinsic motivators are longer lasting than extrinsic but sometimes extrinsic motivators get us started <BR> - things like pedometers are good motivators if you enjoy getting "credit" for effort--I do love to see the numbers growing on my FitBit! <BR> - Hawthorne Effect - people being studied improve their performance....I feel like checking in with certain threads on SparkP... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:48:07 EST What do you do each day to be happier? The world can be such a negative place - just being alive can be a challenge with all the terrible things happening (violence, tragedies...) and then you have the abundance of negative people walking around complaining ALL the time. <BR> I am a low income single mother of three children ages 13.5, 11 & 9. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis and no health insurance for treatment, but guess what? I AM THANKFUL for all the blessings I have in my life. <BR> Some of the ways I help myself stay ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:47:20 EST January 2015! Boost Energy - sleep better! Hello! <BR> <BR> This is a great chapter to get the year started off right! The focus is on vitality and energy. She says being happy is energizing and also that having energy enables us to engage in activities that make us happy! So boosting energy is pretty important! <BR> <BR> The first thing she wants us to look at for boosting energy is to SLEEP BETTER. I have some work to do with this! I like sleeping and going to bed early, but I watch Netflix on my computer in bed and that's a no-no... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:25:03 EST January 2015! Boost Energy it is, the brand new year and a re-launch of our Happiness Project! <BR> <BR> 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> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:16:45 EST Virtual Coffee Break Hello! Another group I'm in (Vegan Fitness and Nutrition) has a thread called Virtual Coffee Break and I'm copying the cute thread title here! It can be for general chit-chat or checking in about anything! <BR> <BR> Of course there will be other threads more directly related to the monthly actions for The Happiness Project. <BR> <BR> I'll start! I have today off work and I just got back from walking 8K with a friend. It was a sunny out and we have a bit of snow. I already have 15,000 FitBit... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:12:14 EST Good deeds in 2015 Have you done a random act of kindness you'd like to tell us about? Connecting with others and helping others helps everyone involved feel a little happier and lighter! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:34:28 EST Reflecting on 2014 It's time to reflect on 2014 and let it springboard us into a brand new year! <BR> <BR> What did you like about 2014? Are there things you discovered last year that you think can help you be happier? Are there things you realize are getting in the way of happiness, and can be let go? <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>411</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:38:50 EST Looking Forward to the 2015 Happiness Project! Let's get our group active again!! Magnolia sent us all an email about getting started in 2015 so who's in? <BR> <BR> I for one am looking forward to the Happiness Challenge once again. We can follow the book one chapter at a time, just like the author did. Here's to a GREAT 2015 full of HAPPINESS!!! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:06:27 EST 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 Good deeds in September I can't think of one I've done yet, just wanted to start the thread! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:43:33 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 June - Friendship Gretchen's list for this month: <BR> <BR> - Remember birthdays <BR> - Be generous <BR> - Show up <BR> - Don't gossip <BR> - Make three new friends Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:24:51 EST June challenge - Make time for friends This is a nice theme for the month! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:22:17 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 Happy Thoughts! Share something you're grateful for or some wise words about happiness! <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for a nice weekend visit with my parents, mild weather, my morning smoothie and the charity bake sale in my office today! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:35:41 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