Day 42-Happiness is … public hangings


“How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” – Jane Austen

Live recklessly. Etirw sdrawkcab. Glue, cut, tear, chew, rip, bend, break, destroy…create.

Welcome to writer’s block – the inability to put words on a page because you know before you start that it has to be destroyed before it can be created.

Write wrecklessly. Etirw levird. Spit, throw, regurgitate, cough, pound, force the words into existence…create…destroy, break, bend, rip, chew, tear, cut, glue…written.

This page was made with the help of happy people

Wreck This Journal is to writer’s block what aspirin is to heart attacks – designed with a purpose but possessing unexpected bonus benefits. Through the process of using this journal as $20 stress relief therapy, I am discovering how to enjoy a task without pressure of a perfect outcome. In fact, the outcome becomes irrelevant when the focus is the task.

Page 9 of my journal is, “Hang the journal in a public place and invite people to draw.” I took mine to work. Whether or not this made me happy is the irrelevant outcome. The experimentation experience of each happiness task I create and the blogging focus are my happiness. The task itself is just a bonus benefit.

Sounds wonderful until my blogging focus is blocked. Stand clear as I attempt to destroy the blank page wall and create a blog post.


So…it has come to this !

I cannot put into words how much fun wrecking a journal can be.

Rating: Set a goal day (7 out of 10)

  • Itchy feet – 3 out of 5 (actually felt a little weird about other people hurting ‘my’ journal)
  • Twitch – yes
  • Happy hour – 4 out of 5 (made others happy)

What the heck does all that mean, you ask? Read Itchy Feet Explained.

Tomorrow: Bucket List day.  Use the calendar to view my happiness tasks for each day along with a brief description of the task and why I chose it.


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