Posts in Happiness Project
Happiness Project: April Assessment

April- the kick-off of my Happiness Project, the month of 18 resolutions- came and went.

Here I sit, on September 19, finally delivering the highly-anticipated “Conclusion” post about my April attempt to harvest more energy. And although I did learn from this attempt, I am still delivering blog posts five months late. Do with that information what you will. 

This all begs the question, “Kristen, are you still a useless sloth after 4:00 p.m.?”

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Happiness Project June Resolutions: Channel Don Draper in the final shot of Mad Men

While Don Draper struggled with escaping his past demons, I struggle as I approach life at a constant sprint towards the future, always making sure today won’t take up too much of my time, cause tomorrow is where the good stuff is really happening. The common denominator? Neither of us experience life in the now. Both of us know we’re unfairly withholding parts of ourselves. Both of us are self-medicating (alcohol for Don, Ben & Jerry’s for me, whatever). Neither of us are ever, ever satisfied. 

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Happiness Project May Resolutions: Nurture the Noggin

Developed by psychologist Donald Clifton, the StrengthsFinder themes framework helps individuals recognize what they naturally excel at. The (in loose KP language) philosophy of Cifton’s work on strengths is that instead of acting on societal messages that suggest the road to success requires we improve our weaknesses, we can all benefit greatly by doing the opposite: Honing our strengths. 

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Happiness Project April Resolutions: Stop Becoming a Useless Sloth After 4:00 p.m.

But, now, a year later… something feels off. I’ve become useless after 4:00 p.m. Chores, personal projects and time with loved ones slip further away as the couch swallows me whole any chance it gets. In the words of Arya Stark, “That’s not me.” I always have a long list of things I want to do and gain much joy from doing them. This depressive, low-energy state has been a major source of unhappiness and is perhaps what truly pushed me to begin the project in the first place.

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Happiness Project: How Did I Get Here? Part Two (the answer is nightmares, robots & perfectionism)

It’s a dark Tuesday morning. 5:00 a.m. – the alarm goes off. Your husband (or whoever) groans and rolls out of bed. You jump up and throw on the workout clothes you laid out the night before. Or maybe in this vision you have kids, so you go wake them and begin mentally preparing for the Battle of Shoe Choices. Perhaps you have a dog to walk or a cat to feed. Maybe you have TEN KIDS, in which case, just stay in bed. You deserve it. They can dress themselves and find the bus stop, I’m sure.

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Happiness Project: How did I get here? Part One (oh yes, there are layers to this)

It occurred to me while elbow-deep in a pint of Halo Top, scrolling through my phone and half-watching Friends for the 25th night in a row, promising myself I would FOR. REAL. THIS. TIME. drop the mindless bad habits starting… tomorrow!

Or perhaps, the realization dawned on me after I spent days building then swiftly deleting this blog for the 4th time in a row. 

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For My 25th Birthday, the Gift of Happy

The Happiness Project, a book based on a year-long quest to cultivate happiness in simple, attainable ways that fit into one’s current day-to-day (because we can’t all backpack across Europe in search for self-discovery) was published by Gretchen Rubin in 2008. I am a huge fan of Rubin’s podcast and have implemented many of her happiness hacks and habit strategies since discovering her work a few years ago.

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