QUOTE: I wanted to focus on a different subject each month, and twelve months in the year gave me twelve slots to fill. Research had taught me that the most important element to happiness is social bonds, so I resolved to tackle “Marriage,”“Parenthood,”and “Friends.”I’d also learned that my happiness depended a great deal on my perspective, so I added “Eternity”and “Attitude”to my list. Work was crucial to my happiness, and also leisure, so I included the topics “Work,”“Play,”and “Passion.”What else did I want to cover? “Energy”seemed like a basic ingredient for the success of the entire project. “Money”was a subject I knew I wanted to address. To explore some of the insights I’d come across in my research, I added “Mindfulness.” December would be a month in which I would try to follow all my resolutions perfectly—so that gave me my twelve categories. But what subject should come first? What was the most important element in happiness? I hadn’t figured that out yet, but I decided to tackle “Energy”first. A high level of energy would make keeping all my other resolutions easier.




What gets your attention?

What human needs or problems relate to the quote?

What is it like to have that problem?

What other resources connect to this idea?

What is the solution suggested in the quote, if there is one?

What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?

What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?



What does this say to my context as a …

… person?

… follower of Jesus? 

… to a church? 

… to a community – my neighbors?



The quote is from The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin,  located at page

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