March 2019: Happiness Project Recap

Happy April, friends, and welcome to spring! I’m excited to begin a new month and a fresh start, as March ended on a heavy note for my family and me. Keeping up with the blog was more of a challenge in March, but I’m looking forward to bringing you some fun new content and sharing some happier adventures with all of you.

Speaking of happiness, I haven’t forgotten about my happiness project! As I mentioned in my earlier posts, January’s focus was on boosting physical wellness (which I successfully did!), while February’s theme was creating outer order through decluttering my home and life (which I also did!). I had high hopes for the month of March, which was focused on practicing mindfulness, and planned to incorporate the following daily goals:

  • Write down the happiest moment of my day.
  • Meditate and use positive affirmations.
  • Turn complaints into happiness.
  • Create my list of personal commandments (and follow them).
  • Practice 4-7-8 breathing techniques.

March 2019: Happiness Project Update | Wellness & Wanderlust

I used my resolution chart as always, but this time around, I had trouble keeping up. Although I included a lot of tried-and-true practices in my happiness project last month, I quickly learned that you can’t put mindfulness on your to-do list. As someone who is very task-oriented, I found it much harder to make time for meditation and incorporate breathing techniques into my every day.

In February, it was easy to squeeze in 10 minutes to de-clutter if I hadn’t done it already, but getting into the right mindset to meditate (or even remember to meditate!) was a lot more challenging for me. I did practice 4-7-8 breathing techniques when possible, and while I still struggle with this particular tenet of happiness, I find myself focusing on my breathing a whole lot more. I also did a fairly good job of turning complaints into happiness when it came to the little things, but once I began focusing on the larger themes of unhappiness in my life, it became a lot harder to look at the positive.

March 2019: Happiness Project Update | Wellness & Wanderlust

My favorite aspect of Month 3 was writing down the happiest moment of my day. Admittedly, I wasn’t always perfect about physically writing it down (maybe closer to 50/50), but I often found myself reflecting on even the hardest days and thinking about the moments that didn’t suck. Often on the bad days, there were still some pretty great things that happened, and when I was able to remember those specific examples, I ended the day on a much happier note.

The month of March taught me something important: I need to slow down. When I make the time to meditate, even for only a few minutes a day, I feel better. When I take deep breaths, my brain does a much better job of focusing. Writing down my happiest moment allows me to take control of how I end my day, and it gives me the ability to decide for myself – was it a good day, or was it a bad day? I will make an effort to focus on these practices in April at my own pace, incorporating them over time rather than merely squeezing them into my schedule.

For the month of April, my theme is to Slow Down and Lighten Up. This month was somewhat inspired by The Book of Hygge, which focuses on contentment and comfort, but also incorporates a lot of other practices I really need to follow:

  • Enjoy a hot cup of tea in the morning.
  • Light candles or diffuse essential oils after work.
  • Underreact to a problem.
  • Take time to be silly.
  • Laugh out loud.

What goals are you working toward? Are you doing a happiness project? Sound off in the comments below!

4 Replies to “March 2019: Happiness Project Recap”

  1. It looks to me like one of the things that’s happening as you create a monthly goal is that you’re also enveloping those little things (like mindfulness and slowing down) into your lifestyle. 🙂

    Your life and goals mirror mine right now! I’ve been taking time to journal most days of the week, which is helping me to reflect and feel in tune with my mind and body. I’ve also been taking my lunch breaks to a local park nearby my office, which helps to “get away” and clear my head.

    I admire your devotion to breathing exercises! I’d love to try adopting that practice, too. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Michelle! I’m definitely trying to be more mindful and find ways to incorporate those things into my lifestyle, even if I don’t 100% check everything off my list each day. I still need some work on slowing down, but these goals have certainly made me a lot more conscious on a daily basis. 🙂

      I need to do some journaling! I have been using an app called Five Minute Journal when I can, which has me create intentions for the day and reflect on the happy things that happen, but I’d like to do more. Being outdoors is such a great way to center yourself. I visit the riverwalk near my apartment on the weekends and it really does make such a difference in my mindset, but I’d like to do more during the weeks.

      Thank you for commenting and for sharing your experiences with this!

    1. Thank you! I am loving April — this has been such a good way for me to unwind! May is a fun one: Make Time For Friends. Right now, I’m thinking it will include:

      – Practice reverse gossip (go out of your way to speak kindly about others)
      – Remember birthdays/special occasions
      – Show up
      – Be generous – help people think big, bring people together, cut people slack, etc.

      I am still working out the exact details, but this is roughly along the lines of what I want to tackle!

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