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Check Out My Video Book Trailer: “Ten Ways to be ‘Happier at Home.’”

Ta-da! Here’s the one-minute video for my new book, Happier at Home, on “Ten ways to be happier at home.” Some of the “ways” are serious; some are a bit goofy.

Thanks so much to Chris Gelles who created it.

What do you think? What strategies would you add?

If seeing this book trailer made you think, “Goodness, Gretchen, I want to pre-order Happier at Home right this minute,” then here are the links you need! Pre-orders are a big help to me, so thanks for pre-ordering.

If you want to know more about the book, you can…

read about it;

listen to an excerpt from the audio-book;

sample an excerpt from the chapter on “Time.”

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.


Be a Tourist in Your Own City.

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 Make something by hand. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Be a tourist in your own city.

Be a tourist in your own city.MP3 for Audio Podcasting(1)

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
8 tips for sparking your creativity.
Taking tourist photos of my own romance.
Take a field trip. In my case, to cultivate good smells.

How about you? Have you ever tried to have a tourist’s frame of mind as you walk 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.

* I love visiting Brain Pickings — “curating eclectic interestingness from culture’s collective brain.” I never know what I’ll find, but there’s always a lot to see.

* 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.

Make Something By Hand.

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 Take time for projects. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Make something by hand.

Make something by hand.MP3 for Audio Podcasting

The opposite of a profound truth is also true, and while it’s enormously satisfying to make something by hand, software engineer guru Frederick Brooks points out that it’s also satisfying to work in a medium — like computer programming or poetry — that is “only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff.” Both are satisfying!

As I confessed in the video, I’m searching for something to make by hand, myself. I feel the lack of this element in my life, but haven’t figured out what activity might satisfy it. Any suggestions for something satisfying to make by hand? — and it has to be something simple. Knitting, say, is way beyond my capacity. Maybe I should return to pomander balls.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Feeling happier: 9 tips for making yourself feel better in a crisis.
In which I create a “preference card” for myself.
Try these fun, quick exercises to boost your creativity.
“People who knit are usually in a good mood. People who stare into their iPhones AND demand your attention aren’t as much fun.” (Interview with Mark Frauenfelder.)

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 love to explore Boing Boing. So much terrific material there; it never disappoints.

* 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.

Happiness Booster: Take Time for Projects.

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 Force yourself to wander. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Take time for projects.

Take time for projects MP3 for Audio Podcasting

 

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Happiness and the joy of undertaking a big project.
A refinement of my earth-shattering happiness formula.
Abandon a fun project — remember, the opposite of a profound truth is also true! Take time for projects, yes, but also abandon projects.

How about you? Have you found that doing a big project has boosted your happiness? What kind of project?

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 can spend way too much time cruising around Dumb Little Man — "tips for life."

* 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.

 

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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