Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happiness Project - Boosting Energy

This was supposed to be the topic and goals for January, but we're a bit behind here on this! So bear with us as we play catch up.

Gretchen Rubin writes in The Happiness Project that "research shows being happy energizes you, and at the same time, having more energy makes it easier for you to engage in activities - like socializing and exercise - that boost happiness. Studies also show that when you feel energetic, your self-esteem rises" (18). For her project, Rubin decided to work on the following 5 steps to boost her energy:
1) Go to sleep earlier
2) Exercise better
3) Toss, restore, organize
4) Tackle a nagging task
5) Act more energetic

We've been working on these a bit and have certainly noticed a difference. Especially where the bedtime is concerned. Typically, the parents here don't get to bed until somewhere between midnight and 1am. And lately (except for this vacation) we've been making a concerted effort to go to bed somewhere around 11pm. It does make it easier to crawl out of bed in the morning and of course makes it easier to deal with the munchkins then too! :-) As far as exercise is concerned, Mommy is certainly enjoying her boot camp once a week, even if she does usually feel sore for a few days after! It's so nice to exercise and socialize with a group of ladies and the experience is definitely energizing. Numbers three and four sort of go together in our house. While we did a lot of toss and organizing as we moved last summer, there were still a few "hot spots" around the house that needed organizing (couple closets, some kitchen drawers, household decorations, Mommy's scrapbooking stuff). Little by little we have gotten through just about all of these little nagging areas. The last one of Rubin's boosting energy goals though is not something that we have working on. While we understand the premise of faking it until you feel it, it just seems a bit inauthentic to us to put on an air of energy when we're not really feeling it. What are some ways you would work on boosting energy?

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