Day 3 of the gratitude challenge really goes along with my whole vision of this blog: Happiness.
In January I saw this book “The Happiness Project” at Barnes and Nobel and decided to give it a try. The chapters are separated by month, so each month I have been reading a new section. The author, Gretchen Rubin, has some very good ideas. She started out her own happiness project with a plan, some resolutions she wanted to keep and her own 12 commandments to help her keep her resolutions.
Each month is a new and different resolution to work on (while keeping up with the resolutions of past months.) Gretchen shares her experiences, revelations, successes as well as failures. The journey is inspiring because she talks about what was easy and hard. What she loved and what she really struggled with. It is not all sunshine and butterflies, which makes me feel like I can approach something like this also.
My favorite chapter so far is May: Be Serious About Play. This one spoke to me because I feel that so much of my life is about the work routine: get up, go to work, stay late at work, go home, eat dinner, go to bed, repeat. Sometimes I feel like I am a teacher and nothing else. Not a wife, daughter, sister, friend, etc. This chapter talked about how she really made time for something she wanted to do (and note: something she wanted to do, not thought she should do i.e. go to the gym, etc). She started a children’s literature book club. She found a group of friends and acquaintances who, like her had a passion for children’s lit, formed the group and began meeting. Voila! Her passion combined with people she enjoyed. Sounds wonderful!
This is one example, but I instantly connected with it. It gave me some good ideas of my own on how to be serious about play, which I hope to be sharing in the future. I will admit, I am behind on my chapters (fall is such a hectic time for teachers) and I’ve only red through September. When I catch up and finish the book, I plan to write more about it. I also plan on reading her next book “Happier at Home” beginning in January. I will keep you updated about both so come back to check it out!