I'm officially ready to assign myself my first Happiness task. (If you missed my post on how to be happy, you can find it here.)
I am going to focus on one task from this list each month, hopefully making each practice a habit, so that I can build layer upon layer as the year goes on. By next summer, I am going to be practiced at being happy. I am going to be happy.
I created a chart, which is hilarious because I'm not a chart person. I still balance our budget every month via a torn a tattered little notebook with a pen shoved into the spiral binding. So, my chart has a list of all the months with an empty space next to it for my monthly assignment, and another space next to the that for ideas about how to enact my assignment.
I have a loosely formed method. For example, I wanted to start with something fun, so that this happiness thing didn't become another one of my things I am going to start doing only they're so boring that I can't possibly continue for more than a few days before giving up. I also figure that I should assign myself something fun for the months of January and February, since that is the time I am usually steeping in a mild pool of depression. Outdoor related tasks I reserved for months when the weather will be nice enough to actually leave the house.
For the month of October, I am going to be focusing on varying the things I do.
We're funny little animals who are delighted when things are a surprise. Novelty is important to us. It is why we like holidays and traveling and deciding at the last minute not to go to work and sneaking to the museum and movies, instead.
It is SO EASY to do the same thing every day. Especially when you have children, who need routine to feel safe and in control. It is also so easy to see how doing the same things every day quickly turns you into a robot with more than a few crisscrossed wires.
So, there's my assignment. Every day, I am going to do something new or different from what I usually do.
I've already gotten started. I went to a new coffee shop. I got Thai food for movie night. I decided to skip working one night and went to a movie by myself, for the first time ever, and it was so fun. I always thought that sitting alone for two hours would be weird or uncomfortable, but it wasn't. It was relaxing. I even bought a fancy chocolate bar for a snack.
Are you working on getting happy with me? Keep me updated about how you've varying your routine, and how it's working for you.