Project Happy

My children never cease to amaze me.  They find great moments of happiness in the small things, the things that adults take for granted.  The perfect fallen maple leaf leads to jumping up and down.  A ladybug landing nearby results in excitement that can’t be matched.  And an ice cream cone can cure just about anything.

Children find happiness in the small moments along the way.  They aren’t burdened by goals, success, or financial concerns.  They simply make the most of the world around them.

When was the last time you enjoyed the feeling of the wind on your face when you ran down a hill?  When was the last time took a moment to watch a butterfly dance around the yard?  When was the last time you actually did stop to smell the roses?

Instead of setting lofty goals this year, I am committed to focusing on the small moments of happiness that occur each day.  This year I am committed to being mindful of creating happiness each day.

This year I am starting Project Happy.

Project Happy is an attempt to do one thing each day, no matter how small, that truly makes me happy.  It might be a dance party with my kids, it might be a well-deserved trip to the hair salon, or it might be a really good cup of coffee.  Whatever it is, I will enjoy it to the fullest and soak in every bit of happiness that it has to offer.

Once a week, I will write it all down and explore which strategies resulted in the happiest moments for my family and me.  Once a week I will reflect on what it feels like to deliberately say no to stress and yes to small moments of happiness.

I would love for you to share your small moments with me too.  Can I convince you to join me in putting away the big goals for a little while and finding happiness in the small moments instead?  Join #ProjectHappy and say yes to putting happiness first.

Are you in?


About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)


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