For this first week of my Happiness Project I have decided that I will try to drink more water. I know it is not exactly of the happiness inducing variety that may be associated with something slightly more creative, engaging or is a particularly big achievement but I really do want to start simply. This project is about making changes, even if they are small, that I will be able to maintain and will hopefully add up to make me healthier and happier.
I have gone slightly scientific on this one and thought I would actually find out what the official, recommended consumption of water is by looking at the World Health Organisations recommendations – this article is very in-depth but the recommended 2 litres, which is often suggested, is about right. From reading the article I have found out that there are numerous health benefits of drinking more water including less chance of developing kidney stones, coronary heart disease and colonic, breast and urinary tract cancers. The article does discuss the fact that up to a third of our bodies water needs can be taken from the food we eat. I have also read that caffeinated drinks, although they are diuretics can still be included in working out daily fluid intake (thank goodness as I need my cuppas) but alcoholic drinks do not count.
Goodness, that was a bit heavy, you will have to bare with me on this – I have a project and really love a good bit of research. I am happier already!
Now for thinking about what makes us happy and unhappy. In her book Gretchen recommends to start out by looking at:
- Things that bring you feelings of – joy, satisfaction and engagement.
- Things that bring you feelings of – guilt, anger, boredom and remorse.
So for the next week I will be looking at things that give me positive and negative feelings and may even produce a poster or something to stick up on the wall to add to as the year goes on. I already have a book dedicated to my Happiness Project so I may put it in there. Throughout the year of Gretchens happiness project she compiled a list of her Twelve Commandments and Secrets of Adulthood. The commandments helped her when she was struggling to keep to her resolutions and her secrets of adulthood were lessons she had learned the hard way. I think I will also find a place to write my own commandments and secrets of adulthood.
So the challenge is on! Will you join me? It is a simple start, a few extra glasses of water and a bit of thinking and writing but we all have to start somewhere.
I think my first Secret of Adulthood is:
“Done is better than perfect.”
If you fancy joining me on your blog I have managed to work out how to do a linky button (please don’t ask me how 😉 ).
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