Resolution: My own happiness project

I made a New Year’s resolution, and I’m sort of on my way to keep it (them). I wanted to do something similar to The Happiness Project with some flexibility. A lot more flexibility.

I’m not necessarily focusing on one aspect of my life or something I want to improve upon each month, but rather focusing on a topic and then moving on to something else once I feel I’ve adequately achieved it.

To start off 2013, my goal was to to eat out no more than 1-2 times a week. It’s been two months.  And I’ve nailed it. I’m happy, and so’s my bank account. Will I be able to continue with this for the rest of the year? I’m using the 1-2 times as a benchmark but there may come a time when I break it. For example: My two trips to Chicago next month.

My next goal is also food related, and it’s to limit meat consumption to 1-2 times a week. This is easier typed than done. I’m in the middle of a Coursera class about the U.S. food system, and it’s really opening my eyes. Things I’ve known on the surface but now delving deeper. Issues I pushed aside for fear of the truth and the impact not only on the rest of the world but my own long-term health.

It’s an ambitious goal, and one I’m not going to beat myself over if I’m not successful. That’s how I’m approaching this year with my resolution. If I have the strict barrier, I feel like I’m not going to enjoy it as much. Is that weakness?

I like having the goal but also the flexibility to break it — and not feeling guilty about it. Of course, I’m not going to break it every week, but I’m not going to be overly stringent on it either. Well, that’s my thinking at least. Let’s see how it actually turns out.


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