Maximizing Happiness

Maximizing HappinessReading 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.


13445412_10153627455650423_8797164456465503417_nThe past few months have been rough. Well, to be honest, I could say the same for the past year.

Some fun, but plenty of doubts and wondering.

Having avoided Facebook for quite awhile, I decided to log in and spend a few moments…procrastinating. Rather than the typical fare, however, I found a post about happiness at the top of my news feed.

Happiness? Is it possible, especially in the midst of all that’s been happening?

I looked again at the post and considered it. Jennifer Dukes Lee’s book, The Happiness Dare, would be releasing soon, and she needed some folks to join her on the happiness journey. Should I be brave and take the dare?

I was hesitant at first, but I’m taking the plunge. I need change in my life, and maybe–just maybe–this might be the ticket.

So here’s a quick list of three things I’m grateful for today:

  1. Kitties
  2. Coffee
  3. Soothing music

What would you add to your own gratitude list? Maybe change is in the air for you too.