Why tiny topics work best in my happy journal


When I started my happy journal, I first thought of common topics like health, education or work. Those general and broad categories that we use in libraries, newspapers or ministries. But I soon found that this led to a more general view of my experience too. That was not helpful for my project for two reasons.

First, my memory is not sorted by general topics. It does not consist of ministries or library shelves after all. Therefore, when I yell ”Bring me anything you can find around the topic of education!” my memory will not come up with much. Maybe the odd newspaper clipping and the name of a couple of administrators and experts, but that’s not what I am interested here.

Second, those broad categories will lead to rapidly scrolling my experience. Health, education, work, nature, ready! But such a fast screening will not do justice at the depth and variety of my personal knowledge. Knowledge that I collected in thousands of days and millions of moments.

Taking time

Doing justice to my experience is precisely the goal of the happy journal. For once I will not push the fast forward button. For once I will not screen my memory in a hurry, looking for predefined outcomes.


What I want to do now is: take time. Look for the details. And listen, listen, listen to what my memories whisper in my ear. What they tell me about my unique values and needs.

How then can I find my happy wisdom?


How can I bring my stream of experiences to bubble and flow? By choosing topics that I would have understood as a child at age eight. Like ”dinnertime” - which will be the first topic of my happy journal project.

You can join in and start a happy journal too. Read the explanation here and follow the project on instagram under #happyjournal .

Most important: Have fun discovering your happy wisdom!

journalNathalie Bromberger