Reading The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee has been an interesting and often revelatory experience.
Did I just say that? Indeed I did! For a duty-driven and responsible person like myself, learning about happiness can be quite new. Putting that learning into action, though, makes all the difference in this case.
So far, I’ve discovered two really important concepts that have made an impact on my own day-to-day life.
The first is that I can resist “happiness shaming.” For much of my life, I’ve heard folks suggest that I “get out more” or perhaps even lead a local committee. I’ve often felt guilty that these things bring me no happiness.
By taking the Happiness Style Assessment and reading The Happiness Dare, I’ve learned more about the five happiness styles and have come to understand that I’m a Thinker and a Doer. What makes me happy? Reading a good book, crafts, watching a great movie, studying a new topic, completing tasks, etc. And I can give myself permission to enjoy these activities.
The second is that I can spend as little as 5 minutes a day devoted to my own happiness, and it will make a change in my life. Five minutes? Yes! For those of us who may feel that focusing on our own happiness is indulgent, this is big news. An hour might be a bit overwhelming, but I can do 5 minutes.
I haven’t even finished The Happiness Dare, but it’s already prompting me to make small moves toward a happier life. Bit by bit, I’ll get there.