Video: Try a Week of Extreme Nice.

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 — this is the penultimate video for the year! Hard to believe that it’s almost time for the 2011 Happiness Challenge.

This month’s theme is Boot Camp. Last week’s focus was to Do a 24-hour boot camp. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Try a Week of Extreme Nice.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
An extreme sport you can do in your own home: Extreme Nice.
6 questions to help you stay serene.

Have you ever tried anything like the “extreme nice” exercise? Was it useful in shaping your behavior?

* The 2010 Challenge is ending — and now you can sign up here for the 2011 Happiness Challenge. Studies show that taking an action, like signing up for the challenge, will help you yourself accountable. Join now, sign up.

  • I did try a day of extreme nice once. My husband saw right through it and asked, “Why are you being so cooperative?” Guess I still have a little ways to go. =)

  • The Red Angel

    The Happiness Project is such a great idea! I have signed up for it. 🙂 Can’t wait! Awesome video, thanks for sharing.


  • Amy

    Why is it so much harder to be extremely nice to the people closest to us? I think THAT would make a great post. xoxo

    • gretchenrubin

      I try to remind myself of that! to show my family the consideration I’d show
      to others.

  • Nanette

    That’s hilarious he didn’t even notice! I doubt my husband would notice either although I’m sure he would if I did a week of Extreme Not-Nice. 🙂

    A lot of people don’t realize the personal benefits of being nice – when I’m kind and gentle and cooperative with family and friends it benefits me as well and makes me feel better about myself.

  • Peninith1

    Since I live by myself nowadays, I think that ‘extreme nice’ is something that I am going to have to practice on myself. I am going to make it a project for the first week of the new year to do a week of extreme nice to MY BODY. I am going to floss my teeth, hot-oil my hair, bubble bath my skin, pamper with lotion, stay warm and cozy (needed after a week in a COLD climate!) give myself a facial, get a massage, manicure and pedicure, and write down every morsel that goes in my mouth–all of which I hope to ensure is delicious. I am going to exercise without hurting myself, sleep in clean and scented sheets, light candles, and listen to lovely music. Moreover, I am going to refrain from criticizing, wear my favorite clothes, and spend time each day doing something I really REALLY like to do.

    • Jmann

      What a beautiful thing to do for yourself!!!! Just reading your comment made me realize how I’m not very nice to myself – how much time I spend criticizing myself in my mind or not exercising, etc. I love this!

  • doylemarnie

    I love this! My mom is a big believer in this kind of thing. Here are 2 “quotes” that she lives by:

    1. ‘Kill them with kindness” (not meant to be anything negative!)

    2. “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar”

    Happy New Year and thanks for the reminder!

    • Sounds just like my Mom! I didn’t always agree – but that’s a point of view!. I seem more inclined to believe it, though, now that she’s gone.