Happiness, Projected

March 9th

hiking in the Superstition Mountains

Happiness on one of several hikes I took this weekend (with Panda and Shay); you’ve got to absorb every second of this fabulous Spring weather while you have it in Arizona. The desert is so green from our wet winter and it seems the entire Valley is outside this weekend, watching Spring-training games, golfing, walking, breathing in the warm, sunny happiness of glorious pre-summer weather.

Have you heard of The Happiness Project (THP)? It’s no secret around here that I’m all for self-help, having a regular “to do” list and resolutions galore. In fact, I just ordered this book, even after the conservative-Christian backlash. (I’m agreeing with very little they say these days.)

hiking in the Superstition Mountains

So, my version of THP:
Role models: My father, Paul Farmer, JPM, Ruth
Mission: Do good, be good, smile often.
Motto: Be the Light
Symbol: A Saguaro with Her Arms Outstretched
Patron Saint: Ruth, one of the original tough, smart women

hiking in the Superstition Mountains

The Two Splendid Truths:
1. To be happier, think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
2. One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself. {I’m keeping these!}

What is your motto? What makes you happy? Today my list includes Fresh & Easy Markets, beautiful weather, new espadrilles, seeing The Other Boleyn Girl yesterday after having read the book and being able to laugh at the wild differences, dinner plans with friends, bowling well last night even though that damn Salty beat me by one pin, and having time to craft and cook.


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8 Responses

  1. Sorry bout that again….totally lucky shot. HAHAHAHAHA.

  2. Love your symbol of happiness. Gotta think of a symbol for myself. I cooked dinner for our local homeless shelter this weekend and I am feeling pretty good today.

  3. I love this one. I need to fill out all these categories for myself. i am not happy here, ever, and kind of down these days in general so I could get my act together and do something about it mentally. Thanks for this post.

  4. I’ve been lurking for a while, and just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog as it inspires me to try and be a better person and to be happier. I’m working at getting my head around the changes my heart wants to make. Not so easy as I had hoped, but better to be trying than nothing at all. I was curious about the book that you linked to, as it opened to a link about wheat and in my quick scan (could be the problem) I didn’t see the book you were referring to. I’m assuming it the Happiness Project, but would like to be sure. Anyway, just wanted to say that I hope you keep working towards your goals and I look forward to hearing about your successes and the day that you end up on the OW show.

  5. Hi Kelli! What a great post. Spring is a great time to make those lists. Thanks for the reminder for me to start mine!

  6. I love to hike, and I just love springtime in AZ! šŸ™‚ Did you visit the F&E market then? I like mine, and it’s close to my home! Positive energy is contagious – I love how it spreads!

  7. What makes me happy? Jordan’s toothless smile…his hugs and kisses…my friends’ love…your thought-provoking words and your kindness [hugs to you all over again]…a good book…my loving family. The list is endless–which I guess should mean I have no reason not to always be happy. Lesson learned.


  8. Oh I just love this post. Thank you for the inspiration to ask myself all these questions…perhaps the answers will show up in a post someday šŸ˜‰