Thursday, August 27, 2009

'The Happiness Project' Brings Practical Advice & Tools to the Quest to Live the Life You Dream About


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I recently read about a super cool concept called The Happiness Project on Psych Central's World of Psychology blog. In a nutshell, The Happiness Project is an exploration of what does and does not help you create the kind of happiness you seek in your life.

8 Tools for Happiness: Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project Toolbox

Gretchen Rubin started her career in law. She had graduated from Yale Law and was clerking for retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer, not a lawyer. After publishing several other books, she started The Happiness Project. She spent a year exploring every single piece of advice and research she could find about fostering happiness in your life. A book, due out in December 2009, grew out of her year-long project.

The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

On her website, The Happiness Project Toolbox, she offers the kind of hands-on exercises that get you thinking about how to create the kind of life you want to live. These tools include: Resolutions, Group Resolutions, Personal Commandments, Inspiration Boards, One Sentence Journal and Happiness Hacks, among others.

I absolutely adore her Happiness Manifesto, offering up basic truths that are sometimes hard to access when you're in the middle of a depressive episode or even just a regular old pity party. "
You're not happy unless you think you're happy" especially resonates with me.


The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin




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