My Happy 2018

2017 was a rough year!  My life got pulled out from under me and I grappled with how to not drown in my own suffering. I seek solutions for problems, so when sadness and depression descended I tried to figure out how to fix myself.  It started with taking an online class, The Science of Happiness.  I highly recommend this free course, it helped me to keep my head above water during a really difficult time and to also learn that when bad things happen it is ok to be sad and angry.  Happiness is not a one stop place that overrides all other emotions.  From this course I learned that happiness takes work, just like exercise and eating healthy.  There’s no magical pill to take the pain away and replace it with bliss.  This course gave me the hope that I could do something about it.  I read a recommended book from the course, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyumbomirsky.  I have a background in science, so I liked this book for it’s basis on experiments and data.  It goes through twelve happiness activities to help you increase your happiness.  With twelve activities and twelve months coming up in a brand new year, I’ve decided to embark on my happy 2018 by spending a month on each of the twelve happiness activities.  I’m the kind of person that likes to try to do it all, so it is difficult for me to pace myself out for an entire year, but I think it will be more effective for building habits and truly impacting my happiness level.  The book helps you decide which activities fit you best, so the order of activities is based on what I need and want to do first.  So here’s my plan for a happy 2018:
  1. January- Developing Strategies for Coping
  2. February- Taking Care of Your Body
  3. March- Avoid Overthinking and Social Comparison
  4. April- Cultivating Optimism
  5. May- Committing to Your Goals
  6. June- Activities that Engage
  7. July- Nurturing Relationships
  8. August- Savoring Life’s Joys
  9. September- Practicing Acts of Kindness
  10. October- Expressing Gratitude
  11. November- Practicing Religion and Spirituality
  12. December- Learning to Forgive

Before beginning my journey into happiness, I took the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire to see where I am at and see how things change over the year.  I plan to retake the questionnaire each month to track my progress.  My starting score is a 3.24 and an average score is 4.3.  The scale ranges from a one to a six, so I’m a little below neutral.  I’d put myself at meh, so I definitely have room for improvement.  I will be embarking on my happiness odessey in January, starting with strategies for coping when life falls to pieces.  Feel free to join along on my journey to joy!

My Happy 2018: Twelve months and twelve happiness inducing activities.

3 thoughts on “My Happy 2018

  1. Thanks for the link to happiness questionnaire, Jules Lea. The course sounds interesting. I am sure 2018 will bring you lots of happiness.
    XX
    Nil

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