I have no idea what day of the week it is. It feels as though there have been a plethora of Fridays and Sundays, and too many Mondays. There have been far too few Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Next week my calendar will be back to normal. Hopefully, I will be finding groove, a rhythm to the life I lead.
Betsy Reason reported that my New Year Resolution includes my word of the year, “nowing.” It is not simply being present and aware of what is in front of me, but also embracing the now of my life. Living not in the past, not in the future, but being grateful for the gifts that are in front of me in the present day. Of course, I have other resolutions such as eating better, exercising more, continuing to simplify the stuff collected in my home, laughing more, being kinder and reading more books. This list seems to my go to list, the one I struggle with and embrace at the same time.
The resolution lists are good for me. Even though never have I ever, accomplished my yearly goals, but I am not deterred, because it is life. We do what we can. Life is always full of surprises and curveballs, unexpected blessings, and unwelcomed challenges. It is our humanness. We all want to live happier more meaningful lives. Some people try to plan out their happiness and others expect happiness to happen to them. The reality is people are born with varying degrees for the propensity for happiness or sullenness. The good news is that we can actually increase our happiness quotient. There are strategies for being a happier person. According to Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, there is scientific evidence that happy people make the best leaders, friends, co-workers, they are kinder, more philanthropic, have better health, and are the most generous with their time and talent. Who doesn’t want to be happier? One of the first recommendations that Rubin gives to people who want to increase their happiness quotient is the old adage of, “fake it till you make it.” She also lists finding out your innate strategic life skills. She has a new book, The Four Tendencies, which evaluates the way in which we move about getting our stuff done. What motivates one person does not necessarily mean it motivates your neighbor. Knowing how and what motivates you to get your stuff done, is another way to increase your own happiness quotient. Speaking of New Years resolutions, I commend these two books for you to put in your 2019 reading que, or check out Rubin’s Podcast, she is great!