I can't change the "big" things in my life, the things that occupy much of my daily time and my scale of happiness. I can't change my career. I can't change my loan debt. I can't change my income. I can't travel all the time.
What I can do is change small things in my life. I can change my mindset. I can be happier. I have the freedom to be happy (and I'm brainstorming a new tattoo to make this a daily reminder). I truly do not think I will ever be 100% happy if I can't learn how to make happiness, not stress and frustration, a daily part of my life...through the best, worst, and not-so-good times. Now I don't want to get ahead of myself. When I was teaching middle school, I started adopting a mindset of positivity every morning. It worked...for about a month. It's time for a new plan, a fresh start.
Time to use these five simple rules for happiness. In order to not overwhelm myself, I'm employing Gretchen Rubin's (author of one of my favorite books, The Happiness Project) method of having a monthly goal.
Starting immediately after spring break (April 9), it's time for my own mini-Happiness Project.
- Yoga - at least 3 mornings per week
- Gratitude/quote journal - record in it prior to yoga
D ordered this awesome boxed yoga set for us recently. I did the am Gentle yoga last weekend and loved it. I've been going to beginner yoga at the YMCA since January, and I love it. It's become a relaxing, calming way for me to start the week. I
think hope that the am yoga is going to be the perfect way for me to address the happiness rule #2: Free your mind from worries.
I know the gratitude journal seems cheesy. It's just that all of these great quotes, mantras, mentalities just slip my mind so quickly. It's time to change that. It's the perfect way to set my intention and end my yoga practice in the morning. It's a way for me to maintain my mindset because I can carry it with me. Whilst researching a gratitude blog, I did come across this little gem...
It's a really cute app that let's you record five things per day that you're grateful for. It is designed in the cutest way! I may use it temporarily since 99 cents is cheaper then $12 for the physical journal. I do think I will invest in the journal if I can maintain this goal.
Tell me, what keeps you happy on a daily basis?