Five of my dearest friends met together last month to discuss our book club pick: “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. We had a lively discussion on the meaning of compromise vs. collaboration and what really makes us happy and what doesn’t. At first glance, we seem an unlikely group, thrown together originally because of our volunteer work, but the bonds we’ve formed have helped all of us in good and bad times. They gave me courage to change because I was wavering on how many of the concepts I wanted to implement in my life. I am not elastic enough to want a full-blown project like the author, so I gave myself permission to cherry-pick some of the ideas that really resonated with me. So I am going to spend the next few months working on the following resolutions. Some of these things I do already, but could do better; some need to be started; and some just need to be done with regularity. I am hoping to see an increase in my level of happiness as I am more mindful of what I choose to do in my life.
Vitality: exercise better; toss, restore, organize; tackle a nagging task
Remember Love: don’t expect praise or appreciation; give proofs of love
Aim Higher: blog regularly; enjoy now; plan my days
Lighten Up: take time for projects; cut people slack
Contemplate the Heavens: scripture study; temple attendance