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Three Good Birds

So in my continuing quest to understand happiness and how I can become happier / more content as a person, I have started reading a book (which was recommended to me by a friend) called The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin.  In it, she talks about her own quest to become happier and the year she spends on her “happiness project.”  So far I am enjoying the book.  Her first month’s goal is to “Boost Energy” and she works on things like sleeping more, exercising better, de-cluttering her home, and getting tasks done off her to-do list.  These all sound great to me, so I am similarly trying to do the same (and getting a FitBit next month, which I am really excited about).

A friend was talking about to-do lists the other day and said that she prefers to call them suggestion lists.  They are things that are good ideas to do, but there is a lot less guilt if they aren’t done because they were just suggestions.  I like this approach and am stealing it.

I plan to do, or rather, I am suggesting to myself to do a weekly post with things I am learning, or good ideas I am trying.  Maybe it can help others become more happy as well.  It’s a pretty relevant topic for everyone as I doubt there is anyone out there thinking, “nah, I don’t need more happiness.”

The first “happiness practice” is to spend 10 minutes a day coming up with Three Good Things.  You can list things that went well for you today, or something you liked.  Sometimes they will be small things, sometimes big.  The importance doesn’t matter.  After you list the good thing, include a sentence about how it made you feel. I have purchased a special journal for this purpose and have suggested that I do this every day.  We shall see.  I associate the Three Good Things with “Three Little Birds”, my favorite Bob Marley song.  As I think of the Three Good Things, I sing in my head “cuz every little thing is gonna be all right.”

In other news, I haven’t been working on draft 2 as much as I would have like.  I’m up to 82k words, but really want to hit 90k before sending it to my editor.  Teri, you can do this!  Stop watching Dr. Who episodes and playing computer Bingo and do it!

Speaking of, it’s probably pretty sad that I get freaked out by some of those Dr. Who episodes, right?  I scare too easily, I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to go and watch The Visit this Saturday.  I’m probably going to regret it.  Oh wait, I need to be more positive.  I am positive that I’m going to regret it.

That’s how that works, right?

What do you think?