My current emphasis: how to make good habits and break bad ones (really)

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Video: Use Cues to Cultivate Mindfulness. (If You’re Not Very Mindful, You’ll Need Reminding.)

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — this month’s resolution is Mindfulness. Mindfulness can bring many benefits. It brings clarity and vividness to present experience. It may help people end unhealthy habits and patterns. It can enhance a sense of well-being and calm troubled spirits.

Last week’s resolution was to Meditate on koans. Did you follow that resolution? How did you do? What’s your favorite koan?

This week’s resolution is to Create cues for mindfulness. One of the problems with not being very mindful is that even when you’re trying to be more mindful, it’s hard to stay mindful of the resolution to be mindful. So reminder cues help.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
My attempt to activate certain ideas in my mind.
Why I’d rather be enthusiastic than confident. (This post is one of my personal favorites. Note the photo!)

If you’re new, here’s information on the 2010 Happiness Challenge (or watch the intro video). It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For more ideas, check out the Happiness Project site on Woman’s Day.

* I found lots of posts that caught my interest at Coffee and Commutes.

* If you’d like a personalized, signed bookplate to put in your copy of The Happiness Project, just email me the name (your name or your gift recipient’s name) and an address, and I’ll mail it right off. Feel free to ask for as many as you like. My email is grubin [at] gretchenrubin [.com].