I just signed up to organized a local Happiness Project group based on Gretchen Rubin's book by the same title. The book is filled with simple truths about how we sabotage happiness and daunting-yet-doable challenges to make life better. Working at a project such as this one, though, is a long-term endeavor. I think I might better understand issues and achieve more success through discussion and accountability.
Officially it has one member right now--me. I want to be sure people are truly interested in taking on the challenge, so I haven't specifically asked friends or family to join. I have found that people too often agree to join some activity because they think you'll be hurt if they don't. However, I find it's far more uncomfortable to have people not show up or slowly stop showing up at meetings or activities they've said they would participate in than if they had just said no, thank you. Ah, there is a good topic for discussion at some future group meeting--saying no. It's easy to say yes and much harder to carry through on the promise. Carry-through in and of itself is another challenge many of us have.
Okay! I've got the topics. Now all I need are a few members. Wish me luck. If anyone else is already doing this, let me know how it is going.