Gretchen Rubin

Video: Take a Quiz — How Mindful Are You?

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 upfor the challenge -- last month’s focus was Money. Last week’s resolution was to Spend out. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This month's theme is Mindfulness. Mindfulness can bring many benefits. It brings clarity and vividness to present experience. It may help people end unhealthy habits and patterns. It can enhance a sense of well-being and calm troubled spirits. The more I think about happiness, the more importance I attribute to mindfulness.

Which is a bit unfortunate, but I am not very mindful. I’m working hard on this.

This week’s resolution, then, is actually a quiz. How mindful are you? It’s worth thinking about.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Quiz: How mindful are you? I'm not very.
In which I realize that I'm having trouble staying "mindful."
Asking yourself whether you're happy -- good idea, or not?

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.

* A happiness challenge that many people face is worrying about their weight. I met the blogger of Losing Weight in the City, who writes about trying to live a healthier, happier life. If this is an issue for you, you'll find a lot of great material there.

* Shameless plug: Mothers' Day is May 9 -- please consider giving the gift of The Happiness Project to the mothers in your life! Remember that old saying: "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." I've noticed that many husbands seem to buy the book with another old saying in mind: "Happy wife, happy life."

Also, if you'd like a personalized, signed bookplate to put in the book -- for a gift or for yourself -- just email me the name of the recipient and the address to which I should mail the bookplate, and I'll send it right off. Feel free to ask for as many as you like. My email is grubin [at] gretchenrubin [.com]

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