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Focus on Happiness in 2013!

I’m not generally a “self-help” reader, but was impressed with this project! Titled: The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, Gretchen Rubin focuses on building up your life with the things that “…bring you joy, satisfaction and engagement” while diminishing “…what brings you guilt, anger, boredom and remorse.”


She has done extensive research and come up with her own “twelve commandments,” which include topics such as: “Boost Energy,” “Lighten Up,” “Pursue a Passion,” and “Be Serious about Play.” She  sets up a “doable” resolutions chart and divides everything into sections to tackle each month. Her honest look at how she does is encouraging and refreshing. I read it last year, started some smaller projects and decided that I’m now ready to dive in and see what I can do to increase my happiness this year. What about you? Are you ready to try something new?


I enjoyed her sense of humor and writing style so much, I now have her newest title on my nightstand: Happier at Home : Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life.   






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