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Video: Keep a One-Sentence Journal.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year — and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — welcome! Last month’s theme was Body, and last week’s resolution was to Manage pain. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This month’s theme is Memories, and this week’s resolution is to Keep a one-sentence journal.

Now, this week, I’m starting something new — I’m posting my audio and video to iTunes, so if you want to get the material that way, you can. Now, bear with me, because I anticipate some glitches while I try to get this to work properly. But here goes…

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Once I’ve actually put this material there, I’ll be able to provide better directions about how to find my material on iTunes. Though you should be able to search by “The Happiness Project” there, if nothing else.

Wish me luck! Report any problems you face.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Why I started keeping a daily “one-sentence journal” (ok, a not-quite daily journal).
6 tips for using mementos to keep happy memories vivid.
Want a quick, easy way to preserve happy memories?

Have you found any manageable, effective ways to keep happy memories vivid? It’s so valuable — and yet trying to keep up with preserving memories can be very overwhelming. (I’ve been waging a fierce effort to deal with my digital photos.) And I never want my urge to memorialize to displace my experience of the moment when it’s actually happening.

If you’re new, here’s information on the 2011 Happiness Challenge. It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For the Challenge, each week I’ll post a video suggesting a resolution for you to consider. For more ideas for resolutions to try, check out the archives of videos here.

* I got a big kick out of seeing that Yale Law School, my alma mater, is keeping a happiness-boosting puppy, Monty, in the library so that people can get some stress-reducing playtime with a dog. It’s not surprising to me that the school would experiment with something like this — YLS is a happy place, especially for a law school.

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