A little while ago I read a book that I’d seen recommended on several blogs, called The Happiness Project. I took away several ideas from it, some of which I’ve implemented already, some of which I’ve tried with and failed, and some of which are still on the waiting list.
- The One Minute Rule – if something is going to take one minute or less to do, DO IT NOW. This has been a big success for me, and helped me avoid a lot of the endless procrastination that I battle. It’s particularly useful for putting things away. I’ve been trying to get William and Ashley to join in with this, but not much luck so far!
- Evening tidy up – have a general tidy around the house before you go to bed, so it’s nice when you get up in the morning. I battle this one. I am far more a morning person, and am totally without any enthusiasm for getting things done by the time bedtime rolls around. I did have a period of managing to do this, but it’s slipped away again.
- Week of Extreme Nice/Pollyanna Week – I like the idea of this very much: you spend a whole week being nice to everybody, and don’t say anything negative at all. I’ve yet to achieve it, but I’d like to give it a go – perhaps I ought to tackle this one soon, as I’m still feeling quite chilled out post-holiday!
- Send emails that aren’t ‘To Do’s’ (yes, I know there shouldn’t be an apostrophe there, but it looks weird without one) to your Husband – oh, how I laughed when I read this. Guilty, m’lud. So I tried sending Ashley funny little snippets about my day, links I’d come across on my travels around to the web to things he might be interested in, etc. And after about a week, he asked me if I could ‘stop bunging up his inbox with crap’. Oh well, win some, lose some!
- Turning your blog into a book. No, not like a publishing deal, proper sort of book, one of those photo books thingies. The author recommends lulu.com, which I haven’t had a chance to look at yet. I actually had thought about this before reading The Happiness Project, as I’d love to have a physical copy of the last five plus years of my witterings, and I want to investigate this properly. Will look into this further after the summer.
- Like What You Like – Not What You Ought To Like. I haven’t phrased that well at all, the author did it far more eloquently than me, but it’s something that we’re probably all guilty of. For example, Ashley loves Greek and Roman history, and when we were in Cyprus we went to look at quite a lot of archaeological sites and a museum or two. In the past, I’d have trailed around, thinking I should be looking at everything and taking an interest, really not enjoying myself at all and getting impatient to leave. This year, I went along, found myself a shady spot to sit with my Kindle, and read happily while Ashley and Will took as long as they liked looking at everything. Which worked far better for everybody.
- Don’t Save Things For Best. Self-explanatory, really. I’ve put this into practice with clothes – rather than wearing the same old pair of jeans every day, why not dress up a bit and wear something nice that I’d normally only put on if I was ‘going out’? Does wonders for the self-esteem as well.
Have you read The Happiness Project? What did you think?