Video: Happiness Booster — Sing in the morning.

Video: Sing in the morning.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — last month’s theme was Friends, and last week’s focus was to Join or start a group. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This month’s theme is Attitude, and this week’s resolution is to Sing in the morning.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Sing in the morning.
Dig deep.
Act the way you want to feel.
Life’s Cruel Truth: you get more of what you already have.

Have you found any simple ways to boost your happiness by acting the way you want to feel? I have to say, I’m constantly surprised by this strategy’s almost uncanny effectiveness.

If you’re new, here’s information on the 2010 Happiness Challenge (or watch the intro video). It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For more ideas, check out the Happiness Project site on Woman’s Day.

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  • Sarahhp

    Love this idea – I read it in the happiness project book and have been doing this with my two year old daughter. I have a cheesy good morning song that I sing when I get her out of bed. She’s really caught on to the idea and it makes her giggle which is a great start to the day.

  • I’ve noticed that laughing and singing can really boost my mood. It’s a matter about pushing yourself, huh? By the way, my blog is called An Attitude Adjustment, so I definitely love this month’s theme. As a frazzled mother of two, I’ve really been enjoying your blog.

  • clearlycomposed

    Singing into a hairbrush while rocking out in front of the mirror can start your day better than any cup of coffee can! I love how simple joyful acts make such a difference. 🙂

  • This is one of my favorites of your resolutions. And one of the ways I like to do it is to make up songs about what I want to have happen. If I’m feeling unlucky, I sing about being lucky. If my lack of money is in my face, I sing about money. I also rewrite the lyrics to songs like Greatest American Hero, the theme, and The Carpenter’s I’m On The Top Of The World. This really is a mood shifter. Because you’re right–your physical state commands your emotional state.

  • LivewithFlair

    I like this idea! Today, I’m thinking about whether happiness has a sound. Seriously. Singing does give me a happiness boost!

  • Kacie Knight

    Love this idea, but I don’t just sing in the morning… I find myself singing all day long these days. At work, at home, in the car… Yesterday I was babysitting my 9 month old niece, and I sang/narrated half our afternoon!

    Singing produces sound vibrations that can unblock us energetically- it’s an especially amazing tool if you’re feeling stuck with something.


  • Debradylan

    Singing in my car at any time of day is a terrific stress reliever! When I’m not able to do this, my day just doesn’t feel right.

  • BerniceWood

    I recently saw a youtube video of a little girl (maybe 3 or 4?) riding in her carseat, singing, Michale Jackson’s “Heal the World”. Her passion is amazing, and I bet she doesn’t carry any stress in her life!

  • It will definitely warm up your voice…