Today is the first day of the Happiness Project blog. Now, what is the Happiness Project? One afternoon a few years ago, I realized with a jolt that I was allowing my life to flash by without facing a critical question:was I happy?
From that moment, I couldn’t stop thinking about happiness. Was it mostly a product of temperament? Could I take steps to be happier? What did it even mean to be “happy”?
So The Happiness Project is my memoir of one year in which I test-drive every principle, tip, theory, and research study result I can find, from Aristotle to St. Therese to Benjamin Franklin to Martin Seligman to Oprah. What advice actually works?
That very fact that I’ve started this blog makes me happy, because now I’ve achieved one of my chief goals this month (just in time, too). I set myself a task, worked toward it, and achieved it.
Preparing to launch the blog reminded me of two of LIFE’S TRUE RULES:
First, ask for help. When trying to get started, I floundered until I thought to do the obvious: ask for advice from friends with blogs.
Second, keep moving, slow and steady. We tend to overestimate how much we can accomplish in an hour or a week, and underestimate how much we can accomplish in a month or a year, by doing just a little bit each day.
A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules. –Anthony Trollope
From 2006 through 2014, as she wrote The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, Gretchen chronicled her thoughts, observations, and discoveries on The Happiness Project Blog.