Find a happy person, and you will find a project.

In my lifetime some of the happiest people I have had the honor of knowing have used the idea of “happiness as a ongoing project.” This concept is so reliable for me that I regularly brainstorm projects in the winter months to combat the predictable doldrums of the season. Having a project, which might be anything from renovating your home to learning flamenco, gives structure to our days and encourages our brains to think in productive, forward-thinking ways.

But Jim is that living in the moment and being present to the day? Yes it is. You see I am not planning on unforeseen futures or dwelling in moments long gone. I am present and moving forward today with actions and mindsets that not only produce suits for my efforts now but also in the days ahead yet encountered. I do not plan futures, just take step forward to them. You can do the same.

Find something you want to occupy your mind in the coming months. Our brains crave learning and growth. Pick a project that both invigorates and motivates you – moves your life in the direction you want to go. You’ll know you hit on something good if you feel a little thrill just imagining it. Expanding your identity by expanding what you’re capable of has a powerful effect on your self-esteem and sense of agency in your life.

Peace and Love, Jim

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