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13 May 2010 @ 02:50 pm
Last week I wrote that I was going to create my own Happiness Project. I'm going to focus on all the good things in life, do things that I genuinely enjoy, and just be happy for once.

And so the search for Happiness begins.

I have started to read this book by Eckhart Tolle called "The Power of Now", and on the cover it says that it's "A guide to spiritual enlightenment". Now, I'm not expecting to be spiritually enlightened or anything, but maybe this book can help me change my outlook on life. I've never seen myself as someone who would actually read one of those "self-help" books, but I'll give it a try. There's a first time for everything, right?

In addition to reading books (I have a few other books on my list as well), I am going to focus on my music. Even on the darkest of days, singing and playing my instruments always makes me feel better. I see it as a form of therapy, almost. If I'm feeling anxious, often for no apparent reason, I can just pick up that guitar standing next to my bed, sing a song, and instantly feel better. Music is such an important part of who I am. I also need to work towards achieving an ultimate goal. The first step on the way is getting a BA in Music. And unless I actually read music theory, I won't get there. So I have to pick that book back up again sometime soon. But I'm not going to do more than I can handle. If I'm tired, I'll just have to accept that. I have to accept life for what it is, even if it's not always perfect. It can still be good, and filled with happiness. I am convinced of that.

I need to start writing again. Songs, mainly, but also short stories. It's a creative outlet, and also a form of therapy. It allows me to get some of my feelings out of my system, in a way, and I have way too many feelings to keep them all inside. So writing is absolutely essential to my well being. But I need to be INSPIRED. Get out more, enjoy life, look at the birds, walk among people, talk to a friend... you name it. I need to find inspiration in everyday life.

I want to start taking pictures again. Just to document LIFE and how beautiful the world can be. (I'm starting to sound like a walking cliche, and I know it, but don't you DARE rain on my parade.) I also need to just SMILE more often. Like John in Ally McBeal, with his smiling therapy. So cute. I need to start doing that too. Whenever someone is bugging me... to just sit back, look at them and smile. How cool would that be? I know I won't be able to actually DO that, but it's definitely an amusing idea, and I would really like to at least try it sometime. Instead of getting angry, which is usually such a waste, and almost always makes me feel bad anyway. Instead I should just take a moment, consider whether it's actually worth getting worked up over, and in most cases I'll realise that it really isn't. And then I'll just smile instead. Ha. Yes. I'm liking this plan.

I'm also going to keep up this eating healthy and exercising thing I've started doing this year. It has already made me feel so much better about myself, and not only because I've lost 10 pounds. But I will definitely allow myself to eat chocolate or ice cream every once in a while. Life would just be too boring if I didn't. :)

So anyway, that's it for now. I hope you're all out there searching for YOUR happiness, and hopefully also finding it. Or maybe you already have? :)
itwashappiness: [HRC] madame secrataryitwashappiness on May 13th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
I am so proud of you I feel like my head is gonna fly off.
That is the positive attitude I wished you had adopted years ago. I love all of your ideas and so glad you came to such conclusions.

One thing that I have found works for me too is that I try to pay a compliment to three different people each day, or at least three compliments. It not only makes others feel better about themselves, but I enjoy making someone else smile.

I hope you post these pictures you take, I'd love to see them.