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Video: Choose One Word to Set the Tone for the Year.

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 Resolutions. Last week’s resolution was to Hold yourself accountable. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Choose a one-word theme for the year.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Choose one word to set the tone for next year.
What’s your six-word secret of happiness?
Do you have trouble sticking to your resolutions?

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.

* One highlight of my trip to Toronto was getting to see two friends from blogland. If you’re not familiar with Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity — “unconventional strategies for life, work, and travel” — or Neil Pasricha’s 1000 Awesome Things — “a daily awesome thing,” check them out. Both great sites, and great guys.

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Video: To Stick to Your Resolutions, Set Concrete Goals.

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 is the first week of the Challenge. (Usually these videos will appear on Tuesdays, but the holiday threw me off.)

The theme for this month is, appropriately, Resolutions: how to make effective resolutions and then, once you’ve made them, how to keep them.

This week’s resolution is to Set concrete goals.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
13 tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions.
5 questions to help you make effective New Year’s resolutions.
The secret to keeping your resoutions: is there a magic formula?

What resolutions have you made? Have you found that making resolutions as concrete as possible made it easier to keep them — or not?

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 more ideas for resolutions to try, check out the archives of videos here.

* Heard of the fabulous Six Word Memoir? I’m collaborating with Smith Magazine to do “Six words on the secrets to happiness.” You can add your six-word secret to happiness here — what’s your secret? (Tip: you’re more likely to be featured if you include a profile picture.) It’s creative, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s fun. I keep writing new ones.

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— On the GretchenRubin channel page, after you subscribe, click “Edit Subscription” and check the box, “Email me for new uploads.” Or…
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Join the 2011 Happiness Challenge! With Videos.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in — no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

When I started my happiness project, I asked myself, “What do I want less of in my life?” Among many other things, I decided I wanted less yelling at my children in the morning, less nagging of my husband, less feeling guilty about eating fake food. I also asked myself, “What do I want more of in my life?” I decided I wanted more time reading, more time imitating a spiritual master, more hugging and kissing my family. Then I made specific, manageable resolutions aimed at helping me make these changes.

I like trying lots of resolutions at once, but for many people, it’s more effective to pick just one thing. And it can be a very small change! One small change can be enough to launch your happiness project. You can change your life without changing your life.

If the idea of making resolutions appeals to you, consider signing up for the 2011 Happiness Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year. Studies show that taking an action, like signing up, will help you hold yourself accountable for your resolutions. Thousands of people have signed up for the Challenge already.

Each month, I’ll identify a theme, and each week, I’ll post a two-minute video about a specific, manageable resolution aimed at that month’s theme. Even if that particular resolution doesn’t resonate with you, it may help you think of a resolution that would suit you better.

Although it’s fun to make resolutions, it’s very challenging to keep resolutions. There’s something about the accountability of being part of a group (even an invisible group, like this one), and the enthusiasm that’s generated, that makes it easier to keep up the resolution-keeping momentum.

Here’s the introductory video to the 2011 Happiness Challenge:

But whether you follow my suggestions or not, remember, pick something small and manageable! Something you can really do. And then do it. My own experience with a happiness project, and with resolutions-keeping, has convinced me that it is possible to become happier, by making small changes to everyday life.

I’m curious — what are some resolutions (small or big) that people are undertaking for 2011?

* I was thrilled to see my friend Kamy Wicoff profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Kamy is founder of the great site and resource She Writes, as well as the fabulous New York Salon of Women Writers (a group from which I’ve made many writerly friends). The article focuses on Kamy’s support for Girls Write Now, another terrific organization which pairs high-school girls from underprivileged New York City schools with writer-mentors.

* Sign up here for the 2011 Happiness Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year.

Video: Happiness-Boosting Resolutions for 2011.

The original book video for The Happiness Project book features many of my favorite resolutions. With the help of the fabulous Maria Giacchino, I’ve updated the video to highlight some of the resolutions that other people have made. Check it out!

I’m always fascinated to hear about other people’s resolutions and add them to my own list all the time. And even when a resolution isn’t right for me, it helps me think about what I might try.

Have you tried any of these resolutions? Or have you tried a different resolution that has been particularly helpful?

One thing that has struck me: often, resolutions that point in opposite direction are both helpful — even to the same person. The opposite of a great truth is also true.

Move. Still.
Say yes. Say no.
Start. Finish.
Take myself more seriously. Take myself less seriously.
Now. Wait.
Think bigger. Think smaller.

If you’d like to see the original video, here it is:

When I feel discouraged about resolution-keeping, which is fairly often, I think of Samuel Johnson’s diary entry from 1764:

“I have now spent fifty-five years in resolving; having, from the earliest time almost that I can remember, been forming schemes of a better life. I have done nothing. The need of doing, therefore, is pressing, since the time of doing is short. O GOD, grant me to resolve aright, and to keep my resolutions.”

Happy 2011! Good luck keeping your resolutions.

* Sign up here to join the 2011 Happiness Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year. Studies show that taking an action, like signing up for the challenge, will help you hold yourself accountable. I’ve been astonished by how many people have signed up in just the past two days.

Video: Do Something EVERY Day.

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 Attitude, and last week’s resolution was Make the positive argument.

Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This month’s theme — the final theme for 2010 — is Boot Camp. This week’s resolution is to Do something every day.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Do something EVERY day.
Do you have trouble sticking to your resolutions? Turns out that it really does matter.
Frustrated? Stuck? Put yourself in creativity boot camp.

It’s time to start thinking about the 2011 challenge! Just a few weeks until the new year.

* Sign up for the Moment of Happiness, and each weekday morning, you’ll get a happiness quotation in your email inbox. Sign up here or email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com. I just started this — and am thrilled that thousands of people have signed up already.