The Happiness Project, How To Be Organized & De Sena Cross-Train Workout

It’s a HUMP day!

Hump day


I say, what can be better than starting a day with a giggle or two?! That’s right.

I’ve been in a very good mood this week, despite the busyness at work. I guess, it’s a spring effect. The sun has been shining brightly for the past 2 days, and today should be the warmest day of the year so far! And you know what happens when it gets warmer…

spring harvestSourceΒ 

No, please, don’t get scared away! I don’t have any spring harvesting to do, I simply couldn’t resist putting this picture up. Haha!

By the way, did you have theΒ chance to prank someone yesterday? My colleagues decided to fill up the office of one of my coworkers with 4 big bags of balloons. Can you imagine? Such a brilliant idea!!! It put a big smile on his face.

April Fool's

To top it all off, I started reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I kept on seeing good reviews for a while, and decided to give it a try.

The happiness project

The timing couldn’t be better, the author pursued a different set of resolutions each month in order to amplify the happiness in her life. So as you can imagine, the chapters are organized by month. Not that you have to follow it, but I decided why not? Extra happiness is always welcome in MY life. *You might remember one of my previous posts that looked into the benefits of laughter and why you should laugh more. If you missed it by any chance, you can read it here.*



The first chapter is focused on how to boost energy in our lives. The solution is actually pretty straight forward:

  • Go to sleep earlier. *Read more on how to sleep better here*
  • Exercise better: All it takes is to get moving.
  • Toss, restore, organize: my biggest challenge!
  • Tackle nagging task: We all know how great it feels when one of those gets done.
  • Act more energetic: Sometimes we need to work on getting more energy, even if it starts by acting energetic.

Personally, I could improve on all of them. Thus, it wouldn’t hurt to try this Happiness Project out! I’ll try to review each chapter and a new set of resolutions *I prefer to call them goals though* at the beginning of each month. So feel free to join in!

Since organizing is one of my biggest challenges *mostly because of my laziness haha!*, I looked online for some help *as always*. Look what I found!!!


Isn’t it neat?!

My workout for today is as follows.

De Sena (cross-train)

Jump-rope for 10 minutes.
Repeat this cycle twice:
– 15 walking lunges on each leg
– 15 push-ups
– 15 stone deadlifts
– Belly crawl 10 yards
– 10 stone squat chest-pass


Warm up 2 miles with heart rate in zone 2;
Run 4 miles with heart rate in zone 4;
Cool down 2 miles with heart rate in zone 2.

you can do it


How did your April Fool’s go? Did you prank someone or got pranked? What are your thoughts on the Happiness Project?



Filed under Fitness, Health, Motivation, The Happiness Project

17 responses to “The Happiness Project, How To Be Organized & De Sena Cross-Train Workout

  1. absgoldberg

    I’ve been meaning to read that book for ages but I keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder! I love your workouts by the way, they always sound so interesting.

    • Same story here, you should definitely read it! The timing seemed to be right for me, so I went to the book store and got it πŸ™‚ Thank you so much! Actually I am using workouts from the Spartan Race guide, which you can download for free (entire book on the Spartan Race) on their website. xoxo

  2. That sound like an awesome book! Definitely want to look into it! No April Fool’s for me unless you count the blizzard and resulting weather craziness brought by NoDak! Wicked weather. I want summer!

  3. I’ve been wanting to read that book for a while, now you’ve inspired me to pick it up at the bookstore. I love the idea of acting more energetic, it’s so simple but works. And great prank, unfortunately, we didn’t have anything as daring at that at our office this year

    • Yay! Definitely give this book a try! It’s a super easy read. I am sure yuo will find quite a few useful things in there. Acting more energetic is what saves me a lot at work. I feel like I pass on energy to others, and then those people keep my spirits up in return. It’s like a two-way street πŸ™‚ xoxo

  4. Brenda

    Pranks and a book? I remember a funny little story you told me once about reading a book on a park bench…..hehe
    Thanks for the read suggestion, Olena…I’ll definitely have to swing by the bookstore and pick it up too!
    Hugs for a sunny hump day! πŸ˜€

    • Hi Brendaaaaa! So nice to see you here! I actually posted the video recently. I think it’s in my random facts post from last week πŸ™‚ Give it a try. By knowing you, I am sure you are gonna love it! xoxo

  5. Nice post!! Sadly, I had a very boring April Fools!! Haha!! πŸ˜‰

  6. Another one of my blog friends posted about The Happiness Project today too! I heard about it a few months ago, but now I think it’s a sign πŸ˜‰ For my sister’s 16th birthday, I snuck into her bedroom once she went to sleep and filled it with balloons so that she couldn’t see the floor. So much fun!

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  9. I loved that pic you had of the laughter being funnier than the joke. There are times when my dad or I will tell a really dumb joke but something about the situation strikes me as funny and I’ll laugh so hard my stomach hurts. Those times are so awesome. Then the memory of it makes me chuckle. ah! Good times! πŸ˜€

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