The Quest for Happiness

I’ve been feeling out of sorts lately.



Out of focus.

The usual winter doldroms.

So what’s the problem?  Scoutie Girl helped identify my malaise in her post today,  She asked: “Do you ever feel like things are out of focus? Like you just can’t see the bigger picture or know where to go from here?”

YES!  Yes, I do!  That’s exactly how I feel!

Scoutie Girl goes on to list a few suggestions to help nudge folks back on track, but none of them seemed to speak to me.

This malaise is pervasive, not just artists’ block or avoidance.  Things are getting done, but I’m not feeling the spark, the inspiration.

So, I checked out The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  It’s a practical and down-to-earth exposition on what happiness is, or isn’t, and Gretchen’s quest to systematically bring more of it into her life.

I like how she starts with generating more energy and at the top of her list is getting more sleep, followed by exercise better, and tackling clutter.  All those seem like that would benefit me.  I’ve found that bedtime has been drifting later and later and then morning seems to be earlier and more difficult.  I used to exercise each morning, but since I’m now dragging myself out of bed an hour later, it’s all I can do to feed the cats and get the coffee brewing.  Definitely programming myself to get to bed earlier will help me get more sleep.  And reviving my exercise program will also improve my overall energy levels and probably my mood as well.

The clutter is a constant battle.  I make headway, and then a month later, the tabletop is gone again. Gretchen has definitely identified an issue in my house and I look forward to seeing how she faces it.

I’m going to create my own Happiness Project, loosely based on the book and Gretchen’s journey.  It will evolve as I go along, but for now Gretchen’s book is a useful guide to get me started on the path out of the doldroms and back into the creative hum of life.


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