Happiness Online May 2012 – Be Serious About Play!


Rebecca over at Weight Wars (who I find very inspirational, BTW – I have no idea how she manages to organize these fabulous challenges and projects!) has launched a year long project called Happiness Online, based on Gretchen Ruben’s book The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. (In the interest of full disclosure, this is an Amazon affiliate link).

The whole purpose of this project is to focus on improving our own happiness with our lives. I read the book, and although I found some of the ideas a little too zen for me, the fact is, I have found that my own happiness directly relates to staying on track with my weight loss/maintenance, my fitness… everything! Every month we will set resolutions around a theme (hey, monthly goals – no wonder I want to do this!) and work towards those goals.

In May the focus is to be serious about Play. In the book, Gretchen focused on finding more fun, taking time to be silly, going off the path, and starting a collection. I sometimes wonder if I’m an inherently selfish person, because honestly, I don’t do a lot of things because I think they “should” be fun. My leisure activities are ones that I choose purposefully – I train for triathlon because I enjoy it. I love the feeling I get from accomplishing the goals I have set for myself. I love to crochet, and to read. These are the bulk of my leisure activities.

So how can I incorporate this into specific goals for May that I might have a shot at making successful? I don’t really want to try anything new. But I will make a few plans to incorporate the things I enjoy into my life more. So here goes!

1. Read 1 book per week

I love to read, but it often gets shoved to the back burner in order to train, cook, work, etc. So this is my goal – read 1 book per week. More is allowed too!

2. Spend 1 night per week playing with the kids

Family game nit, or family movie night, or even going for a walk or a bike ride! We’ve been doing more of this lately, and it always winds up being fun, so I really want to make this happen.

3. Start one new craft project

As I went through my craft supplies last month, I realized I am almost out of supplies, and I’m not inspired any more. I want to go buy some new yarns and start a new project.

That’s it. It may not be super exciting, but the truth is, these are the things I enjoy in my leisure time.

Goals: Two bog posts? I actually worked on more than 2. Workout? No – I’m coming down with a cold, so I babied my throat, slept late, and took the afternoon off. Reading? Yes, I read some of my new book.

Today’s goals:

1. One workout if I feel better
2. Read 2 chapters
3. Comment on 5 blogs

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4 Responses to Happiness Online May 2012 – Be Serious About Play!

  1. Rebecca says:

    Great goals, reading is so important to me too 🙂

    • Kris says:

      I love it, I find it so relaxing, but I don’t make it enough of a priority. That has to stop.

  2. Carina says:

    I’m the same way about my leisure time. I very carefully choose what I want to do and I don’t spend time doing things I don’t want to do for fun (unless it’s something like just doing it to spend time with certain people). But I’d like to try some new things and also make fewer ho-hum choices (like yes, I like watching some tv shows, but that’s not the most fun way to spend leisure time).

    • Kris says:

      Yes, exactly! I’ll often have the TV on in the background, but I barely pay attention enough to know what show is on, never mind what it was about!. My leisure time is too precious to spend on activities I’m not passionate about. 🙂

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