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May Happiness Challenge | Read a chapter every day

In 2019, I’m trying one new habit per month that A) promise to increase my happiness levels and B) costs little to nothing.

I allllways seem to be late posting about each new month’s challenge.  Maybe in June I will actually post about the challenge at the beginning of the month. 😉

April’s Challenge: Go outside.

First, an update on last month’s challenge, which was to get outside every day.

I successfully made a point of being outdoors for about 80% of the days in April, and I give this habit a big thumbs up.

I ate lunch outside, read on the deck, read in the hammock, and went for walks.  And being outdoors definitely does make me feel happier.

Of course, I did this in April, when it’s neither freezing nor blazingly hot.  I probably should try the experiment in a less pleasant month, such as January, and decide how I feel then.

Regardless, this encouraged me to get out and enjoy the lovely spring temperatures, so, yay!

And I think I’m going to do my best to keep this happiness habit going, the way I am the picture-a-day habit.

May’s Challenge: Read a chapter a day.

I know some people really do hate reading, but I enjoy it.  So I figured that making time for it every day would be a happiness-inducing thing for me.

And since library books cost nothing, this could be a very free happiness habit. 😉

My goal is to read a chapter every day.  I hope to read more than that, but sometimes just getting started is the hardest part!

So I figured that setting a really small daily goal would at least make me get started.

(Only got ten minutes? I probably can knock out a chapter!)

Laura Vanderkam has frequently observed that she reads more when she has good books sitting around, waiting to be read. 

So that’s what I’m doing too…I have a bunch of library books on hand, and hopefully that’ll help me make the time to read every day.

On a related note, I’ve been keeping a running list of the books I read this year, along with really short review of each.

Hopefully I’ll be adding a few to the May section of that list by the time this month is over.


P.S. In case you missed earlier posts in this series, here’s a recap:

In January, I used my phone less.

(Definitely will keep doing this.)

In February, I tried a gratitude journal.

(This was not a keeper of a habit for me. One month was enough!)

In March, I did a photo-a-day challenge.

(I’m going to keep this habit up.)

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Monday 13th of May 2019

I think I will take your challenge!

Getting out in Nature is a high priority for me, because of how it makes me feel, and for what I discover out there!

I want to read a chapter in my Bible every day. Better than skimming. We already listen to tons of audiobooks in the car and get through many that way, but I want to focus on something more important.

Thank you so much for sharing your goals!

I would like to share this post as a challenge to myself and my readers!


Monday 13th of May 2019

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Friday 10th of May 2019

I just read that book by Laura Vanderkam. I would say, if you like Hallmark movies, you'll like the book! Haha. I thought it had a good point, and was an easy read.

I've been reading more this year, and loving it. Instead of just reading one book at a time, I have a book I read along with my Bible (a spiritual book), a book I stick in the bathroom, and one that I listen to on Hoopla while I do housework. I've read a lot of interesting books this year as a result!


Friday 10th of May 2019

I read a lot. I also enjoy audio books on my hour commute daily. I keep track of the books I've read on goodreads. You can also write reviews. I've been doing goodreads for 8 years.


Friday 10th of May 2019

I'm trying to go for a walk before work everyday - that is get to work early, park, go for a walk then have brekky in the staff tearoom before starting work....ahhh I have done it once, sat in my car for a second time deciding it was too cold & looked like rain & a number of days made it much earlier to work than before but not early enough to fit in a walk - will keep trying - is it 21 days to form a habit? I do like reading but have not read much for a long time, just recently started back in to it - mainly reading my Bible and discovering lots I didn't know was in there, I also want to have a go at some paper craft

Laura Vanderkam

Thursday 9th of May 2019

Great picture! :) I made a resolution to get outside for 20 minutes every day this winter. I did not get every day, but the vast majority and it definitely made me feel better about winter. There’s something about fresh air...even if it’s filled with sleet.

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