Over the holiday season I was perusing through a gift store and came across a book titled The Happiness Planner. Intrigued by the title, I started to sift through the pages. As I thumbed through, each page kept drawing me in more and more.
- What Makes You Happy?
- What Makes You Frustrated?
- What Are Your Strengths?
- What are Your Weaknesses?
- What Qualities or Habits Would You Like to Improve?
- Who Would You Like to See More Often?
After the first initial pages, it creates a weekly and daily action plan for 100 Days on meals, exercise, things I'm excited about, what I hope for tomorrow.
The habits that took years to build, do not take a day to change.- Susan Powter-
I ended up buying two copies to give as gifts to a few people who I thought would benefit from this. After hearing back from them about their early experience with filling out the book, I went back and purchased a copy for myself. That was three days ago and I am still doing some deep self-reflection.
There is a section on strengths and and weaknesses. In the list of strengths, it was easy for me to choose what I thought were my strengths. But when it came to the weaknesses, I struggled. We all have ours, but within the list that was provided, I had difficulty. Instead of circling their options, I was able to come up with some of my own. As I sat there with pen in hand, tapping against my forehead as if in deep thought, "What if this is my greatest weakness, not being able to recognize my weaknesses," is what I said out-loud to myself.
It will take me a few more days to complete the first section of the book, and then I will plunge in to 100 days of happiness, positivity, mindfulness, gratitude and self-development. While I feel like I have a strong sense of who I am and what I stand for, my hope is that I will learn more about who I am and what I stand for. This book will hold me accountable, offer motivation, provide reflection and so much more.
I will check back in at the end of the project and share my thoughts, ideas and reflections.