Gretchen Rubin

Video: Spend Out.

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 month’s focus is Money.

Last week’s resolution was actually a quiz: Are you an over-buyer or an under-buyer? Did you recognize yourself in either of those categories? Did the quiz help you identify steps you could take to boost your happiness? (I bought three bottles of saline solution, in one purchase! A big step for me.)

This week’s resolution is to Spend out. This resolution is so important to my happiness that “Spend out” is one of my Twelve Commandments.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Do you hoard your new underwear?
What it means to “Spend out,” and why it’s a good idea to spend out.
Feeling unappreciated? Taken for granted? Happiness and the desire for praise, appreciation, and gold stars.

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.

* I just discovered the site Tonic -- "the place where good lives: good news, good style, and good deeds...we focus on the good news that happens each day all around the world." Good stuff!

* In a book group? If you'd like a copy of the reading-group discussion guide for The Happiness Project, just email me at grubin [at] gretchenrubin [.com]. (Sorry to write in that odd way; trying to thwart spammers.) Just write “reading group guide” in the subject line. I’ll send it right off.

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