One of my favorite happiness suggestions from Gretchen Rubin is the One Sentence Journal.
I started keeping one more than a year ago... but then I remodeled and my journal was accidentally packed away. When I started moving back in, I was so happy to find it again.
Looking back over my journal, what's fascinating to me is how a very brief journal entry (I'm not very good at keeping it to one sentence-- but they're still very, very brief) truly captures the essence of what was going on at that time.
And while I would never go back and read through an in-depth journal (because that would be flat-out exhausting, as well as time-consuming), it's easy to flip through the One Sentence Journal, and within moments take myself back to a given day or month.
Here are some selections from last January to show you what I mean:
Jan. 2, 2010: Went to my second yoga class of the year/decade/century.
Jan. 3, 2010: Have my fourth cold in three months. Arg.
Jan. 5, 2010: Jury duty-- got released early, came home, called architects, and ORDERED SPERM!!
Jan. 11, 2010: Enormous, tragic earthquake in Haiti. Heartbreaking.
Jan. 14, 2010: Finished shooting Lie To Me episode 214. Great acting in this one. Glad to be done.
Jan. 16, 2010: Brunch with Tracy, and got an apricot tree from Echo Park Improvement Association.
Jan. 23, 2010: Dinner at Liz's-- Jack's growing! Gretchen's in town on her book tour. She seems happy!
Jan. 30, 2010: Super lazy day. Lots of reading in bed!
A mere eight-day sampling covers world events, what was happening in my life (my first sperm purchase!), and what was going on in my career.
And that makes me happy.
Even with an entry like the one on March 16, 2011: Definitely not pregnant. Again.
Oh, well. Someday I'll look back at those words, and be glad things turned out as they did.
At least, I hope I will.