My First Happiness Project Group Meeting

My First Happiness Project Group Meeting

Last Saturday was my first Happiness Project group meeting. (I talked with Kelly McCausey about it on her 48 Days to a Better Me project, listen out for that interview.) I had printed out the resolution chart and group discussion kit from the Happiness Project
It was fun! The ladies brought yummy snacks! I made sangria! :-)

Intentions
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At this first meeting we discussed what our main goals are.

Two of the ladies hadn’t read the book yet. Oops. But they still had set goals, so it was all good.

Turns out three out of the four of us had Weight Loss as a goal. Three of us had an area of our home we wanted to Organize or Declutter. (Not surprising, since health, minimalism/organization and happiness are closely linked.)

I shared with the group the resolutions I had already been keeping: Writing a “1 Minute Journal”, working out with weights 3 times a week (I lost a dress size last month!), decluttering the entire house and donating lots of stuff to Goodwill (no more yard sales for me ever, I’ll take the tax deduction).

Two of the participants had already encountered resistance… one friend was told that she was “selfish” for buying herself a treadmill (with money she saved from working a part-time job). Excuse me?! Selfish for taking care of one’s emotional and physical health?! Don’t get me started! The other friend was told that participating in a book club was a bad idea because she should be spending more time reading the Bible. Funny thing is, reading the book got her motivated TO set more spiritual goals.

Everyone’s a critic. That’s how it goes. Whenever you move forward, there are people who try to hold you back.

Some of my goals were very small and certainly not earth-shattering, but they’re meaningful to me personally.

The thing about starting a Happiness Project is that you first identify What Makes You Happy, and What Makes You Unhappy.

When I got to thinking about it, many of the things on my unhappy list are quite within my control. My fingernails have made me unhappy my entire life. When I’m nervous I tear at my cuticles. I’m determined to take better care of my hands and even (gasp!) get a manicure!! (Other women do this, why don’t I feel that I deserve nice hands?) Having nasty torn up nails makes me feel ugly and affects my mood.

So right away I went out and splurged (a principle Gretchin Rubin calls “spend out”, or putting money where your happiness is) on an orange stick and nail buffer. Every night (and when I’m a passenger in the car), I rub cuticle cream into my nails. Already they look better and I feel better when I look at them.

I have other goals too, like blogging again. Have I been doing ok with that? :-)

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

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2 Responses to My First Happiness Project Group Meeting

  1. MissLila says:

    Hi Carrie,

    I really enjoyed the meeting! The girls were all so sweet and young(gulp) lol

    Since we met I have cleaned and decluttered my personal clothes closet. Which believe me was a major chore!! I finished with 4 huge bags of trash!!!

    I have also cleaned and organized my bathroom linen closet!
    Yea!!!

    Tomorrow I plan to tackle under the kitchen sink and the pantry! Pray for me! lol

    Thank you for including me!

    I love you, Mom

  2. Elizabeth a on March 2nd, 2011 12:02 pm

    Carrie, your a doing a great job with the blog posts.

    You know what would be cool if you had some sort of meeting room for the the online friends. I would love to join in on it:)

    Loving the series.

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