How to Measure Success


I started out this year with the idea of creating my own Happiness Project. Though I stopped blogging about it, I realized that this idea has permitted and influenced many of the decisions I’ve been making this year. Though my personal happiness project isn’t as structured or rigid as Gretchen Rubin’s, it has been fitting for me, and I do believe I have made an impact on my own happiness.

As I am coming to the close of the year, I realized the lesson this project as brought me. I think I’m finally understanding what Gabby means when she says,

“I measure my success by how much fun I’m having.”

The reality is creating a happiness project is about restructuring what you want your life to look like. It’s about choosing wisely the things you want to fill your day with. What kind of work I hope to do. What I believe my purpose in life is. As well as, what things bring more joy to my day-to-day life.

I think, especially when we are in our twenties, but also probably at any other time in life, we can get really caught up into the idea of success. We have a lot of other people telling us what success looks like, how to be successful, etc, etc. It can get really overwhelming.

Instead of buying into all this pressure and outside perspective, what if you measured your success based on how much fun you are having?

What might change? What might stay the same?

I think if we are all doing the things that make us happy, we are creating a powerful ripple effect around the globe.

As Howard Thurman asks in my most favorite quote,

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and do that. What the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear in the comments below what brings you happiness on a day-to-day basis?

with love,




  1. I’m looking at starting my own project inspired by her book. One of the reasons is because making goals is something that brings me happiness. So I love the structure and the rigidness, the planning, list making, etc.

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