This year, my hashtag of choice is #becausehappiness. Instead of writing a list of resolutions, I’m going to learn about and share things related to happiness. I like this way of doing things. It works for me.
Granted, for my hashtag last year, #yearofbeautiful, I didn’t put together as many posts as I envisioned in January, but, hey! I made it through the year with it and that’s far better than most resolutions I’ve made.
I’ll go more in depth on my plan for this year below, but first, a brief tangent about resolutions.
Ann Cannon wrote her last Wednesday column for the SLTrib recently. She wrote about resolutions she wrote when she was ten. Ten-year-old Ann wrote a nice, short list:
- Be patient.
- Don’t talk on the telephone too long.
- Be nice to all my friends.
- Be a good student.
- Don’t show off like …name deleted.
- Don’t swear or spit.
Did you record any of your resolutions from when you were a kid? The first list I put down in a journal was when I was 12-years old. It is not a short list. It’s a list that, for some reason, is embarrassing for me to share with others, but whatevs. Here it is… my resolutions for the year 1993 and for my lifetime (because I came up with those, too). The actual journal entry is several pages. I turned it into a much-abbreviated list. You’re welcome.
- Read the Book of Mormon.
- Play another [piano] piece by [Edward MacDowell].
- Practice doing Keorver (sic) methods in [soccer] games.
- Write in journal monthly.
- Draw 50 Natey cartoons.
- Sculpt a head or body.
- Complete the Everglades.
- Find a penpal.
- Complete a photo album.
- Complete some Personal Progress thing.
Lifetime (as decided by 12-year-old me):
- Play the violin.
- Draw blueprints for my own house.
- Marry and have kids.
- Play piano in concert.
- Compose piano song.
- Design daughter’s room.
- Live to the year 2050.
- Have a real garden.
- Own a wildcat.
- Build a dollhouse.
Interesting lists, huh?
Okay, on to this year’s plan. I dub 2018 my year for #becausehappiness. I created a reading list. I’m really very talented at starting and not finishing books. I’ve given myself permission to substitute or ditch a book once I get into it. Some of these books, I’ve read before (partially or complete), others I only have a vague idea of the content. Have you read any?
I made a #becausehappiness reading list on Amazon if any of these pique your interest.
I also wrote up my little plan in my journal. As the year goes on, I may substitute for a different book. We’ll see how it goes. Today, I started reading Happier, which is a book-version of one of the most popular classes at Harvard. In other words, for January, I’m enrolled in a Harvard class (at a discount!). Anyone want to read it with me?