Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Days in May (Project)

Happy Days In May Project

"One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. 
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself." 
{Gretchin Rubin}

Background

Last year in May on my blog I ran a happiness project. Inspired by the book from Gretchin Rubin {The Happiness Project}, I encouraged other women and bloggers to record one sentence a day about what was making them happy during that day for one whole month. There were over 100 bloggers who signed up to participate and many more who participated at home. At the end of the month as bloggers we all published our months worth of sentences to share with each other. I loved reading through what made other's happy during the month. There were so many similarities but also so much uniqueness. It was simply inspiring.

Project

This year I still want to run a happiness project with the same theme but have decided to call it: Happy Days in May. As a busy mother I struggle to find time to write in my journal {too much time blogging maybe!}and I love having a project to help me focus on being more aware of what makes me happy. I also love to help others focus on happiness as well. 

I love that this project involves only one sentence a day and a short time for me to reflect each night on what has stood out as a great moment during my busy day. This idea and project is manageable. It is simple and a way for me to put pen to paper quickly each day. It also allows me to be more grateful, to count my blessings and to be aware of my family and surroundings. I need that reminder right now. 

What you need

To take part in the project you need a place to record your thoughts and a regular time each day to write them down. Find yourself a special notebook, use your current journal, use an app on your phone, use your blog and get yourself ready to start on May 1st. Determine a time each day, preferably at night, where you can take a moment to ponder and to reflect over what moment has helped you feel happy during the day and then write it down. 

Example

An example of how simple and wonderful this project is:

12th April
Liberty helped me put away three baskets of washing today and I was touched to be included in a lovely blog post about friends and I felt brave enough to decline a blog promotional event.

13th April
My boots arrived in the mail, loved making some new blog friends, Matt gave me a lovely chocolate surprise and I was able to see Harmony perform a play at school.

14th April
Went to the Anzac Day parade at school to see two of my girls sing and it was beautiful, touching and heartwarming to see them using their talents and skills to uplift others.

Join Me

I would love for you to join me in finding more Happy Days in May and would love you to tell me you are taking part. If you have a blog and are joining in, link up below. If you are not going to blog your experience but are still joining in let me know in the comments section below. I would love to make May a month where we all encourage each other to find a little more happiness and appreciate how awesome life really is. Let's get Happy!

30 comments:

  1. May is a really, really rough month from me. In fact, from about today on, until Mid May. So this will be a good exercise, hopefully enough to keep me out of my annual spiral.

    A great idea, Na. <3 <3

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  2. May is probably the busiest month of the year for me, but I'm looking forward to opening my eyes to the everyday happiness that surrounds me.

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  3. Due to have my 2nd baby at the start of May and everyone keeps telling me that adjusting from 1 kid to 2 kids is very difficult so will definitely think this will help me :-)

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  4. I'm in, as soon as I get home and onto a computer that actually lets me go to your blog, I'll add myself to the blog roll. :)

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  5. How did you know I needed something like this today? I'm in!

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  6. A fantastic idea Naomi! Thanks and count me in...

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  7. What a great idea. I think I will record my ideas daily and blog weekly.

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  8. I am so excited about this. It has come at just the right time for me, count me in!:)

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  9. It's really a wonderful idea! I'm going through a hard period right now and I think that this idea will help me to cope with all the troubles easier!

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  10. I love this idea Naomi! Saw this on your Facebook Page and just had to sign up.
    I like your new name for it too. :)
    Ronnie xo

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  11. Brilliant idea! Thanks for letting us all be involved.

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  12. Love the idea!! I'm in :-)

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  13. I so like this idea :) I have started doing a Photo a day (on my facebook fanpage) called "learning to accept and be more grateful" - where I share a photo a day for the next 365 days...your idea is so going to be perfect! I need to realise how much I do have in my life, and need to find my inner happiness. Will be joining in on this one in May :)

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  14. Kathleen BysouthApril 28, 2012

    I'm in!! :)

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  15. What a gorgeous idea - count me in!

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  16. I'm going to do this my my 3 older children as a Positive activity we can do together. Great idea, thank you!

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  17. What a great idea, thank you - count me in! I so have to try to set up where I can get my name and photo up in the comments box, have no idea but will try! Cathy

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  18. I'm going to do this with my whole family - husband, Master 8, Miss 6 & Master 4. So simple yet so worthwhile.

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  19. Wow, loving the idea, but more importantly I love the idea of including my children!

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  20. Love it, I'm in!

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  21. Loved doing this last year and excited to do it again x

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  22. Sounds like a great idea!! Count me in :)

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  23. I'm in and very excited to be part of this x

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  24. I love this idea! I'm going to join in too, thank you. But will blog all my happy moments at the end of May :) Elisa xx

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  25. This is a great idea! So simple. I'm going to start now (even though I am a few days late). I am currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and just started my own Happiness Project a few weeks ago.

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