Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Monthly Happiness Resolutions

Happy May everyone!  It's finally starting to look like spring in Calgary; green grass, tulips and lots of geese.  A little soggy this week, but at least it's not snow!

After reading The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin last year, I was inspired to make a monthly resolution for each month in 2012.  At the start of each month, I choose one thing to focus on that I feel will contribute to my overall happiness.  I like to keep it simple, just a few words - often a quote or catch phrase - that reminds me of what I am after.  It doesn't need to mean anything to anyone else but you.

Now, it's been said that one change a week equals 52 changes in a year, but that seemed a bit overwhelming for me.  Once a month seemed more attainable.  Twelve changes is just fine for this year. 

The key is to hold on to the behaviours after the month ends.  It's easier than it sounds.  I find that after constantly reminding myself of the resolution every day for a month, it almost becomes second nature.

Here's what I've been up to so far in 2012:


January:  "Want what you have"


February:  "Give people a break"


March:  "If you're not into it, get into it"


April: "Be nice"


And for May:


"Let it go"


"Let it go" applies to more than one situation in my life right now.  Admittedly, I am a grudge-holder.  It drains me and I want to work on forgiving and forgetting.  It will be the most challenging resolution yet.

I post my resolutions in my office so I am reminded every day of what my goals are.

What would some of your happiness resolutions be?

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