Integrating Happiness into Intentional Living without Losing Yourself

authentically you other Jan 31, 2024

"The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin and "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor are excellent book choices that complement the philosophy of Stacked Intent followers. Both books emphasize the importance of authenticity, self-awareness, and intentional living in the pursuit of happiness.  


"The Happiness Project" is a bestselling book by Gretchen Rubin where she shares her year-long experiment to increase her happiness. Throughout the book, Rubin explores various strategies and tactics to improve different areas of her life, ranging from relationships and work to health and leisure and it’s broken into monthly chapters. 


Being intentional about what you want for yourself is our focus through Stacked Intent and it involves setting clear goals and taking deliberate actions to achieve them. It means identifying what brings you joy and fulfillment, and then actively pursuing those things rather than waiting for happiness to passively come to you. As we get deeper into intentional living this year, let's also focus on happiness in various aspects of life. Whether it's nurturing relationships we have with ourselves, our finances, our nutrition or with others we can be authentic and mindful. Intentional living isn't about conforming to external standards of success; it's about aligning our actions with our genuine desires and values. 


Rubin's approach encourages readers to reflect on their values, priorities, and sources of happiness, and then make conscious choices aligned with those insights. This might involve cultivating gratitude, fostering better relationships, pursuing passions, simplifying life, or making other changes that contribute to overall well-being. Through honesty and vulnerability, we create space for authentic connections and real growth. It's through our vulnerabilities that we have deeper connections with others, foster empathy and begin to understand our relationships. Acknowledging our imperfections allows us to release the burden of unrealistic expectations and embrace a sense of self-compassion. 


Shawn Achor's "The Happiness Advantage" offers valuable insights into embracing authenticity and leveraging it as a powerful tool for personal and professional success as well. 

He emphasizes that happiness and success are contingent on our internal mindset and the conscious choices we make. Being authentically ourselves becomes a crucial component of unlocking the happiness advantage. Being intentional about what you want for yourself involves self-awareness, goal-setting, and proactive steps toward leading a happier and more fulfilling life, as described in "The Happiness Project.”  


Are you reading any books that relate to how you enrich your relationships, finances, and nutrition? There are valuable resources for you through Stacked Intent to help you become authentically you so be sure to look at 

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