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.

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

  • Be generous

  • Show up

  • Don’t gossip

  • Make three new friends

Buy Some Happiness

  • Indulge in a modest splurge

  • Buy needful things

  • Spend out

  • Give something up


  • Read a memoir of catastrophe

  • Keep a gratitude notebook

  • Imitate a spiritual master


  • Make time

  • Forget about results

  • Master a new technology


  • Meditate

  • Examine your true rules

  • Stimulate your mind in new ways

  • Keep a food journal


  • Laugh out loud

  • Use good manners

  • Give positive reviews

  • Find an area of refuge

If you are reading this blog and are saying, “Yes I need this too!” I encourage you to try your own happiness project! You deserve joy and happiness in your life.

Books on Happiness
  1. The Happiness Project

  2. The Happiness Advantage

  3. The Happiness Hypothesis

  4. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health Wealth and Happiness

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