I was immediately inspired to pursue a Happiness Project of my own.
Like Gretchen, I’m not interested in “extraordinary change”; I don’t need to change careers or move to a different country. And like Gretchen, I don’t want to “reject my life”; I’ve got a good thing going here!
As she puts it, “I [want] to change my life without changing my life, by finding more happiness in my own kitchen.”
It sounds like just the thing I need to do right now.I’ve been a stay-at-home for four years now, and, while I am fortunate to feel totally comfortable in that role, rather than conflicted with a desire to return to work, I can see how some small changes to my life could really increase my everyday contentment and engagement with what is going on around me.
I find myself to be much more impatient and prone to angry outbursts than I ever have been in my life before. I’ve got the little aches and pains that start to plague a body heading very quickly toward age 40. I’ve got two little children whose upbringing and well-being are central to my concerns, and my own life is very focused on doing this motherhood thing “right”. I have a deep and abiding love for and faith in God, but feel that I do not necessarily reflect that day-to-day or maintain relationship-building with the most important Person in my life. I have the most amazing husband I could have ever hoped for, and with two little children in the house, I want to guard against our marriage turning into a co-parenting relationship.
These are the features of my life that make me think a Happiness Project could make a real difference.
Whenever people write about their efforts to increase their happiness, they always subject themselves to criticism that they are being “self-indulgent” and “whiny.” I have spent too many of my adult years being overly-concerned with what other people think of me, seeking approval outside of myself, and fearing criticism. (You’ll probably see something about that in my Happiness Project down the road!) So, I will put all of that aside, because I think this project could really hold some solid benefits for me. However, I DO welcome your thoughts and feedback along the way!
On Saturday, I'll share with you my first set of Project Resolutions!