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Happiness Project or Joy Journey?

In Happiness on October 14, 2013 at 3:51 am

I just finished Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Each month for a year, she chose to focus on a central theme that she felt would improve her overall happiness.

I like this idea. But, what I like even more was the fact that Gretchen encourages her readers to pursue happiness in unique ways.

I have been debating whether I should call my own pursuit a happiness project or a joy journey. It strikes me that the difference is both semantic and subjective. Happiness is different for each person, so happiness encompasses more or less what I want it to encompass.

One part of my project involves my spiritual beliefs. It further strikes me that JOY is one of the fruits of the Spirit spoken of in the Bible in the fifth chapter of Galatians:

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things . . . Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. (Verses 22 and 26).

And, I don’t want to focus on just one fruit. I would, in the end, like to cultivate all the fruits. This project is not meant to be overly mystical or complicated.

So, I am sticking with the Happiness Project moniker.

Gretchen also looks for SPLENDID TRUTHS in her life. These splendid truths are rules that, she realized over the course of her project, by which she lives her life. For example, she says “the days are long but the years are short.” This truth reminds her to slow down and enjoy each day.

I like the SPLENDID TRUTHS. The word splendid is totally fun and thoroughly under utilized. When I say splendid, I feel like I’m in a Disney movie.

But, I am also a questioner. So, in addition to SPLENDID TRUTHS, there will also be BIG QUESTIONS.

 I have 24 things that I want to work on. I am going to make an initial one-year commitment to my Happiness Project.

The first month–and it’s going to be extended through the end of November–is using my words for good. This idea appeals to me. Being snappy and short with people is a huge source of guilt for me. And, I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t feel connection with the Hap-ject fairly quickly: I will give up.