30 Days to Happiness

I don’t have a crack habit… I don’t have a dependence on alcohol (I say dependence as I still do like to have a drink)… I don’t even smoke! (anymore). The one addiction I do have however is, in my eyes, even worse. I am addicted to being a grumpy, cranky, boring old man. And to make this worse, I’m only 37!  When the hell did this happen? When in my life did I go from being the happy-go-lucky young guy I remember to being this old guy who no longer seems to find enjoyment in anything in life. Sure there have been some major life changes in there like getting married and becoming the proud owner of a talking, eating and pooping machine (my 3 year old princess) but that isn’t the reason. In fact, some of the only happiness I feel comes from my wife and daughter.

My initial inspiration for this change comes from Shawn Achor. His views on positive psychology are well worth checking out. The added inspiration for this 30 day trial comes from Randy Scott Hyde and his superb blog on his personal journey. It is hard not to feel like I am plagiarising his work, although I understand that it is only the process I am following. But thanks again Randy for showing that it is possible… lets just hope I have enough drive to get my ass off the couch and do this like you did.

So… down to business. The rules for the 30 days are that I will do the following every day:

  1. Meditate for 15 minutes (minimum)
  2. Identify 3 new things that I’m grateful for
  3. Perform one random act of kindness – this is going to be a tough one I fear
  4. Journal about one good thing that happened
  5. Exercise

There will be no judging the process until the entire 30 days have passed.

Anyway… tomorrow is the day. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little nervous. I don’t know why though. This should be something I am excited about… but this is part of my problem I guess.

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2 comments

  1. I am totally inspired by this! I don’t know how to meditate (will be googling) and I am NOT a fan of exercising, lol, but I suppose the point is to change current behaviors. Do you have a link for Shawn Acher and Randy Scott Hyde? I would be interested to read what inspired YOU to do this! Hope you don’t mind if I give 30 Days to Happiness a try myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Go for it! Please give it a try. If I can inspire someone else to try to make a change then that just adds to the happiness that I am striving for. Oh, and I will still some links in the post to the TED Talk and Randy’s blog.

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