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Force Yourself To Wander.

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! This month’s theme is Creativity, and last week’s resolution was to Do something every day. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Force yourself to wander. (Please excuse the slightly wild look in my eye in the thumbnail below.)

Force yourself to wander MP3 for Audio Podcasting

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Why I “force myself to wander,” and what I found off the beaten track.
A paradox of happiness: we seek to control our lives, but novelty makes us happy.
If you want more or less of something in your life, measure it.

How about you? What strategies do you use to force yourself to wander, to make sure that you expose yourself to new ideas and new impressions?

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.

* A thoughtful reader sent me this link — and I was thrilled to hear that The Happiness Project had inspired the well-known designer Carolyne Roehm (!) to de-clutter. I got a big kick out of learning that even someone with a deep love of beautiful things like Carolyne Roehm (or maybe especially like Carolyne Roehm) enjoys an empty shelf.

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