Gretchen Rubin

It’s Friday: time to think about YOUR Happiness Project. This week: Don’t worry about drinking enough water.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you should 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.

I was astonished to see that the goal-tracking site 43 Things reports that "Drink more water" is in the Top Ten list of people's goals. This is a waste of precious resolution-making energy! A person only has so much self-discipline (studies back this up), so you should choose your resolutions carefully – and in most circumstances, you just don’t need to worry about drinking enough water. If you're training for a marathon, or you live in the desert, you need to pay more attention to drinking water -- but I see a lot of people worrying about it while leading sedentary, air-conditioned lives.

From what I read, the research indicates that there’s no evidence for the familiar advice that you need eight glasses a day. That’s a myth. Despite what many people think, if you need water, you’ll feel thirsty.

If you like drinking water, that's great. I'm aiming this post at people who feel guilty for not drinking enough water, or who apply effort to keep themselves hitting the eight glasses a day. Because, if you stop worrying about drinking so much water, in one fell swoop, you can…
 direct your resolution-making energy to something that’s more likely to pay off for health and happiness, like going to sleep earlier or to exercising
 stop feeling guilty about not drinking enough water
 save money and help the planet
 eliminate chores

Now, I imagine a lot of people will protest that drinking water does great things for them. Is that right? Do you feel like you benefit from drinking tons of water?

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Gimundo has an interesting post about an exhibit of SMELLS. I've always thought that we don't pay enough to the possibilities of our sense of smell, and here is an exhibit of exotic and extinct odors. But I have to hope that the exhibit will go on the road -- alas, I'm just not going to make it to the University of Sunderland.

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