Why You Need to Do a Happiness Project

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

11 ways to find your happiness

One day in 2017 I realized that my life had be swallowed by raising babies, working and running a household. I love being a mom, but it was a realization that somehow, somewhere I had lost myself in the process.

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I had no hobbies and no idea what made me happy. I was a successful thirty-something mother of 3 who was living off other people’s happiness and somewhere in the mix lost my own.

I knew something had to change and with one book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I was able to discover something that I lost, my own happiness.

I decided that I would dedicate 2018 to one word, Happiness. Life was crazy, busy. I decided early in the year that my time dedicated to the project would be limited. I made a promise to myself that I would give what I could, and not guilt myself for not doing more. Gretchen Rubin has the book laid out where each month lists a different focus which makes it really easy to pick a theme and follow along for the year, but you don’t have to wait until the next year to do this. Start now!

How To Start Your Happiness Project

Boost Energy

  • Go to sleep earlier

  • Exercise

  • Reduce and organize

  • Check nagging tasks off your list

  • Act more energetic


  • Quite nagging

  • Don’t expect praise or appreciation

  • Fight right

  • No dumping

  • Give proof of love


  • Enjoy the fun of failure

  • Ask for help

  • Work smart

  • Enjoy now


  • Sing in the morning

  • Acknowledge the reality of people’s feelings

  • Be a treasure house of happy memories

  • Take time for projects


  • Find more fun

  • Take time to be silly

  • Go off the path

  • Start a collection


  • Remember birthdays