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To Boost Your Self-Control, Use Convenience to Your Advantage.

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 Self-control, and last week’s resolution was to Ask yourself whether you’re an “abstainer” or a “moderator.” Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Use convenience to your advantage.

Use convenience to your advantage.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Abandon your self-control.
6 tips for getting yourself to do something you don’t want to do.
9 tips to keep yourself exercising, from a former couch potato.

How about you? Have you found ways to make things more or less convenient, in order to help yourself do something, or resist it? What has worked for you? The more strategies to boost self-control, the better.

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’m very excited for my friend Jonathan Fields, who has a terrific new book coming out next week: Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance. You can find out more about the book (and some bonuses for pre-ordering) here.

* Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. To get the weekly video by email, right in your email in-box, you can:
— On the GretchenRubin channel page, after you subscribe, click “Edit Subscription” and check the box, “Email me for new uploads.” Or…
— Go to your main drop-down box, click “Subscriptions,” find the GretchenRubin channel, click “Edit Subscriptions,” and check “Email me for new uploads” there.


To get the audio podcast of the video:
— Log in to iTunes
— Go to “Podcasts”
— Search for “The Happiness Project.” Free, of course.


To Boost Your Self-Control, Ask Yourself Whether You’re an “Abstainer” or a “Moderator.”

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 Self-control. Last week’s resolution was To increase your self-control, boost your energy level. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is Ask yourself: Are you an abstainer or a moderator?

Download Are you an abstainer or a moderator

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Quiz: When trying to give something up, are you an abstainer or a moderator?
Are you a “yes” resolver or a “no” resolver?
Do something every day.

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.

* Check out Zen Habits — “smile, breathe, and go slowly.”

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To Increase Your Self-Control, Boost Your Energy Level.

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 neighborhood, and last week’s resolution was to Call up past memories. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness? This month’s theme is Self-control.

This week’s resolution is: To increase self-control, boost your energy level.

To increase self-control, boost your energy level..MP3 for Audio Podcasting

 

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
8 tips for boosting your energy right now.
A new study explains why I can use self-control to meet one challenge, but not two.
14 tips for getting more sleep–and why it matters.

How about you? Have you found any good strategies for boosting your self-control? We all need as many as we can get.

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 send me this image — I love the fact that King's Cross has so entered into the spirit of Harry Potter.

* Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. To get the weekly video by email, right in your email in-box, you can:
— On the GretchenRubin channel page, after you subscribe, click "Edit Subscription" and check the box, “Email me for new uploads.” Or…
— Go to your main drop-down box, click “Subscriptions,” find the GretchenRubin channel, click “Edit Subscriptions,” and check “Email me for new uploads” there.

To get the audio podcast of the video:
— Log in to iTunes
— Go to “Podcasts”
— Search for “The Happiness Project.” Free, of course.

 

 

Video Vacation Continues. Back in September.

I so appreciate the attentiveness of everyone who has noticed that I’ve stopped posting videos for some reason. (I appreciate it, but I’d also sort of hoped that no one would notice. Busted.) Fear not, the hiatus is only temporary. Because of my vacation schedule, I decided to skip making videos for the last half of August.

I’ll be back in September, with the theme of…Self-control. Which is a fascinating subject.

In the meantime, if you’re in the mood to watch videos, you can see them lined up here. Or you can check out my channel on YouTube.

Zoikes, it’s hard to believe that September is just about here.

* Lots of great material on Petit Elefant — “style, home, travel, family.”

* Want a personalized bookplate for your copy of The Happiness Project – or for a friend? Or want a signature card instead (or also), if you have the e-book or audio-book? Sign up here. Ask for as many as you’d like, I’ll mail them anywhere, and they’re free.

Call Up Past Memories.

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 Neighborhood, and last week’s resolution was to Be a tourist in your own city. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Call up past memories.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Do you have happy memories of a place associated with your grandparents?
6 tips for keeping happy memories vivid.

How about you? Do you find yourself recalling important moments from your past as you move around the place where you live?

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.

* Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. To get the weekly video by email, right in your email in-box, you can:
— On the GretchenRubin channel page, after you subscribe, click “Edit Subscription” and check the box, “Email me for new uploads.” Or…
— Go to your main drop-down box, click “Subscriptions,” find the GretchenRubin channel, click “Edit Subscriptions,” and check “Email me for new uploads” there.


To get the audio podcast of the video:
— Log in to iTunes
— Go to “Podcasts”
— Search for “The Happiness Project.” Free, of course.