“Look to this day!
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.”
… Salutation to the Dawn
On habits and happiness …
Whenever life gets a little bit too overwhelming, this happens –
Which is why I decided a long time ago that the characteristic I most wanted to embody was fortitude. Yet attaining this mental strength has been rather elusive and so the “Anxiety Girl” part of me remains.
for·ti·tude: a strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage
My continuing battle with “Anxiety Girl” in my quest for fortitude over the years has amongst various things, led me to
- A) Battle the urge to fall asleep and actually practice mindfulness while listening to guided meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- B) Browse through numerous ‘habit’ blogs, and
- C) this book below
Sure, the title might sound a bit (ok, a lot) self-helpy but what really drew me into seriously considering starting my own “Happiness Project” is that it doesn’t promise any grandiose changes. Instead, the “Happiness Project” focuses on small everyday habits and changes – exactly the type of rule set that appeals to my need for specific guidelines and structure.
Whether this project will actually bury “Anxiety Girl” once and for all remains to be seen, but for now, I’ll gladly journal my way through my own “Happiness Project“.