The Happiness Project

I think everyone wants to be happy. I for sure do! Only problem is, being happy is not always as easy as it might seem. I find a lot of the time my thoughts dwell around problems or worries in my life. And I spend to less time just being me and being happy.

I want to change this and my biggest New Years Resolution this year is “Lighten up, play and enjoy life”. That’s what I’m going to try to do this year!

I’ve been following Gretchen Rubins blog for some time where she runs The Happiness Project. Here she investigates into what happiness is and how to get there. She sends out videos and articles with tips and suggestions and reflections on the topic.

This year she is again kicking of The 2016 Happiness Challenge. Each month of the next year will have a dedicated theme or area of life where she suggests techniques and actions to take, to experience more happiness. I’ve signed up for the challenge, and I urge you to do the same!

I will try to incorporate the topics and suggestions into my own plans on enjoying my life more in 2017. This year I am focusing on not setting too many goals for my self, as last year was too hectic with too many tasks to accomplish, leaving hardly any time to actually enjoy myself.

So this year I have only five main goals that I want to reach:

1. Spend more quality time with my son.
2. Make time for meditation, healing and pampering myself (weekly).
3. Keep this blog alive.
4. Take no more than three courses in self development.
5. Keep developing my intuition and healing abilities.

That is my main list for the year. How does your list look like? Post it in the comments section below if you want to share!

In addition to these goals I have several minor goals that don’t span the entire year. By making smaller goals I try to avoid putting too much pressure on myself which only stresses me out.

For instance I want to get back into doing The Five Tibetan rites again. I learned these very simple gymnastic exercises several years ago and have been doing them on and off ever since (mostly off, to be honest). However I think these rites are an excellent way of keeping the physical body fit, and it also helps balance the seven energy centres (chakras).

So my goal is to do them every day for the entire month of January. At the end of January I will decide weather or not to continue doing them also in February and so on. This way I don’t have to commit to doing them every day for the entire year.

Still I hope that by the end of the year I have made this a regular habit and an integrated part of my daily routine. But for now I am only focusing on doing them each day for the month of January.

I also have a few other minor goals but I try not to make too many of them. This way I leave space and flexibility for adding new goals throughout the year. Sometimes new ideas just pop up, and I want to have space in my schedule to follow these moments of inspiration. Having an idea, pursuing it and accomplish what I set out to do, is also very important for me to feel happiness and fulfilment in my life.

Happy New Year too all of you, and wishing everyone much happiness in the year to come!

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