The Happiness Project

Be Happier: Make a Break in Your Routine

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too ! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in—no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little stale. My routine, which I usually love so much, is starting to feel like a run on a hamster’s wheel.

Perfect timing—I can keep my resolution to “Make a break in my routine” and also to Stay connected to my past by going to Kansas City this weekend for my high-school reunion.

Kansas City is beautiful in the springtime. I can’t wait to see my old high-school pals; one of my best friends is taking the same flight from New York City to K.C., so we’ll have three hours to talk. And—huge bonus—my sister was five years behind me in school, so she’ll be home from Los Angeles to go to her reunion at the same time (my parents are out of town, unfortunately).

I know that having a short break from my usual habits will re-invigorate my appreciation for my everyday life.

I’m off!

* I was so pleased to hear that one of my favorite sites, Gimundo , is up and running again. It went dark for a while, but now it’s active again and better than ever, providing “good news … served daily.”

* Interested in starting your own happiness project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just e-mail me at grubin, then the “at” sign, then gretchenrubin dot com. (Sorry about writing it in that roundabout way; I’m trying to thwart spammers.) Just write “Resolutions Chart” in the subject line.