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My HUGE happiness epiphany – happiness projects for everyone! Be happier now!

FireworksYesterday, I posted a description of the charts I use to help myself stick to my resolutions, and I offered to send a copy of my charts to anyone who wanted to see them. (Just email me, grubin [at] gretchenrubin[.com], typed the usual way.)

I’ve had an overwhelming response. People are really interested in seeing those charts. I was surprised and extremely gratified, and then it hit me –

OF COURSE. My mission in life is to try to persuade everyone to try to undertake a happiness project! I am a happiness evangelist.

Somehow, I’d never thought about it quite this way – even though implicit in the idea of keeping this blog is the desire to help other people learn from my happiness project.

But I never thought about explicitly trying to help people figure out how to go about designing their own happiness projects, beyond just reacting to mine.

It took a huge amount of reflection and self-examination for me to design my happiness project. I learned a lot, I think, about the questions to ask yourself to devise a happiness project. Everyone’s happiness project is going to be unique, that’s clear.

So I’ve decided to make this a new theme on the blog: discussion of how to design your own happiness project, and then how to carry through on your resolutions.

Join me! Start a happiness project of your own! We’ll start a movement. And it really does work.

Here I go, on The Happiness-Project Project:

Role models: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Johnson
Mission: Be happier now.
Motto: Do good, feel good.
Symbol: Bluebird
Patron Saint: Saint Therese of Lisieux
The Two Splendid Truths:
1. To be happier, think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
2. One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

More to come…I need to think about this.

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