I’m taking a little break from my usual lighthearted banter about cocktails, fashion, my chihuahua, and travelling to chat something a little different today – staying grounded as a person. Life is hectic. I know. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in work, social media, friends, the latest restaurant openings, deadlines, workout routines, meal prepping, and in general, just living your life (add kids to the mix and I’m sure it’s pure craziness!). I’ve recently been using several different books to help shift my focus at the start and end of the day away from the things that consume so much of my time and mind, towards things that will really help me stay grounded as a person, maintain a positive attitude and promote gratefulness for what I have. I, like so many other women, find it easy to compare my life to others on the internet, on the streets, or at the gym, but the reality is – I live such a blessed life and I need to carve out time to remember that. So here’s 3 books I’ve been loving lately to keep me happy, healthy, grateful & grounded!
- Happiness Planner – I love the Happiness Planner because unlike the others, it actually helps with organization, too. I use this one mainly at night when I have a lot on my mind and want to clear it before winding down for bed. I love that it has a mix of inspirational quotes, reminders to focus on what makes you happy, and questions to help you think about different topics. For example “Who would you like to see more often? List the things you would like to do together.” This one is undated (there is a dated version, too) so that you can start any time in the year, and it doesn’t have to be used daily, but I am trying to make a habit out of using it on a consistent basis to see the real impact on it has on my thoughts and positivity levels.
- 52 Lists for Happiness – The 52 Lists for Happiness book asks you make to one list each week regarding something that makes you happy. For instance “List the movies, books and tv shows that make you feel happy”. I love that this is a quick weekly task rather than a daily one, and it helps you to really think of what makes you happy. My personal goal for this book is to use what I think about and write to push me towards doing more of what I know makes me happy, on a daily basis.
- Five Year Memory Journal – The five year memory journal is one I find harder to stick to because it’s a long term journal that will be really cool to read back upon in a few years, but one I don’t find all that exciting on a day to day basis. I try to do this one in the morning because it’s super quick; all you do is finish the sentence for one sentence a day, and then answer one years worth of sentences for five years. The idea is you can look back on previous years and see how you’ve changed. I like that it’s either a question or open ended sentence so it doesn’t really require too much thinking, but it still makes you take a couple of minutes to reflect on a certain area of your life each day, as well.
If any of you are interested in trying to create a happier and more positive outlook on life, I highly recommend all three of these books. Of course, you by no means need them all – so pick which one sounds the most fitting for you and try starting there. P.s. Despite the links, I have found them all in store in Anthropologie quite often, too!