Gretchen Rubin

Video: Do Good, Feel Good. It Really Works.

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 week's resolution was to Cultivate gratitude. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is Do good, feel good. It's related to the Second Splendid Truth, Part A:

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

Have you found that "doing good" makes you happier? Do you think that the happy feeling of knowing that you've "done good" makes virtuous action less...admirable? or not?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Quiz: Do you make other people happy?
Practice a NON-random act of kindness.
Do good, feel good.

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 was veryy intrigued by a post, The Private Language of Marriage, on RealDelia ("finding yourself in adulthood") about how longtime couples develop their own catchphrases to describe situations. It was hilarious, and also very thought-provoking. I can't think of a catch-phrase like this that I use with my husband! Still thinking.

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