The Happiness Project

What is a happiness project?

In 2009, Gretchen Rubin published a book detailing her experiences with happiness ---- a year-long project culminating ancient wisdom and modern research to explore what really made her happy. The project was broken into twelve categories, each tackled within a month. The idea is to increase happiness, so anything goes.

In the fall of 2018, I enrolled in the sociology of happiness, and entered what became the most valuable experience of my education journey. During that time, I met the most amazing group of people, who became more like family than classmates, gained invaluable skills, and noticed a measurable increase in my personal happiness. It is because of such a positive experience that I have been inspired to carry the torch, and begin my own happiness project.

The beauty of a happiness project is that it's a free-for-all. Each one can and should look different. There is no correct way it should be done, and in the end you do not even have to succeed. I have broken mine into eleven different categories, with the month of December dedicated to them all. It is my hope that the habits and lifestyle changes I make during one month will carry on into the next, so by the end of the year I will have mastered each category. My progress will be measured by regular blog posts documenting the journey, as well as a life satisfaction survey taken at the end of every month. Currently, I have come in at a 2.83/5, which is just a little under 60%.

I am excited to see where this journey of self-discovery and growth takes me, and I hope you will join me as I take on this new year.

- Tiffany 
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