I’ve read The Happiness Project maybe 4 times, and each time I read it, my favorite thing to come from it is the idea of creating a happy/sad list. I’m not sure that’s exactly what the author calls it, but essentially, she talks about creating two lists: one filled with everything that makes you feel good, and one with things that don’t.
And the idea behind it—or what I’ve taken from it—is extremely simple. Do more of your happy list, less of your sad one. There’s no crazy task at hand or some scientific reason behind this piece of happiness-building.
So take a few minutes and jot down what makes you feel your best (and add to these lists whenever!) and the times you feel icky. And try not to fill your happy list with the things you think you should be doing, think about what really makes YOU feel good. Then, try to add at least one bullet of your happiness list to each day, and find ways to avoid what’s on your sad list. I find this especially helpful if I’m in a funk or feeling unmotivated because pulling out my happy list is a simple solution.
If you need a place to start, here are a few items from each of my lists:
- Walking on the beach
- A hot cup of something
- Talking to my best friend
- Watching Clueless
- Taking a nap
- Being really hungover
- Eating too much
- Not getting enough sleep
- Extreme tech time
What’s on your lists? Please share!