I can’t tell you the number of times I have seen this quote: “Happy Wife = Happy Life.” And my husband will be the first to testify to its truth. (Cue the amen choir!)
If this statement is indeed true, what does that say about the flip side of that coin?
Does an unhappy wife equal unhappy lives all around her?
An even better question may be this: If a previously unhappy wife becomes a happy wife, will her household change for the better?
And if the answer to that question is yes, then we as women may not be giving ourselves enough credit. We’ve clearly got a whole lotta power!
For many, they look to external circumstances for happiness. That’s a part of the reason I love Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage (and his accompanying TEDx talk) so much.
Achor uses science to show why its a person’s mindset -rather than what’s going on externally- that actually determines their happiness.
What many have long believed to be true about the origin of happiness, Achor and psychologists like Martin Seligman have now proven: Happiness comes from the inside not from without.
It was with this thought that I began searching through HappyWivesClub.com for the 21-day challenge many of us participated in last year.
Several times over the past couple months, I’ve had women stumble across a few posts related to that challenge and ask if there’s an eBook where it’s all gathered. They’ve written inquiring about getting the entire series in one place. Well, there’s no eBook and I don’t foresee one any time soon. But I was able to pull it all together.
So to those who wrote asking for this, I promised I’d do it. And although it took me a little while (sorry about that…sometimes life moves at a pace that outruns my lackluster attempts to keep up), it is all in one place (here and down below) and on one Pinterest Board (click here).
You can choose to read one per day or just skip to the areas most helpful in your current season. We all have differing seasons in life, and for this season, I’ve had way too many cookies and desserts so I’m going back to read Day 2 and Day 3 – right now.
On the final day of the original 21-day challenge, I wrote:
“Before this series, you may have seen happiness as something temporary; an emotion based upon external circumstances. At the very least, I hope you’’ve now been convinced otherwise. Life is about choices. And happiness is no exception. It is a choice. Your choice. So why not choose it today?”
So today, I pose the same question. If there’s any area of your life that needs a little “happiness tweaking,” peruse the topics below and jump on in!
Intro: 21 Days to a Happier You!
Day 1: It’s Time to Get it Together
Day 5: Road to Happiness
Day 6: Give Yourself a Break
Day 7: Pursue Your Passion
Day 15: The Happiness Triangle
Day 20: Receive Joy. Choose Happiness.
Day 21: A Happier You. Today.
QUESTION: Have you ever taken on a 21, 28, 31-day challenge? If so, which one and how did you enjoy it?
Until tomorrow…make it a great day!
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