Gretchen Rubin

Want Some Tools To Boost Happiness? Try the Happiness Project Toolbox.

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.

I love visiting this blog’s companion site, the Happiness Project Toolbox – it’s fun to add to my own Inspiration Board, keep up with my own One-Sentence Journal (mine is a journal of what I’m reading), check my Lists, etc.

But I’m really addicted to the site because I love looking at what other people are writing. I can’t get enough of reading other people’s favorite quotations on the Inspiration Boards, seeing other people’s Personal Commandments, and all the rest. (To see what other people have added, you can click on the Tools listed across the top, or on the “more” running down the right side.)

Today, instead of proposing one of my resolutions for your happiness project, I gathered six of my favorite resolutions from that section of the Toolbox:

1. Proactive not reactive
2. Participate -- life is not a spectator sport
3. No one notices your toe polish
4. Skip junk
5. Try a little tenderness
6. Laugh out loud each day

One of my all-time favorite resolutions from the Toolbox is "No pressure knitting.” I have never knit a stitch in my life, but that resolution gave me such a clear picture of that person and that happiness project! I laughed out loud; I know exactly what that means.

One note: we all have a limited capacity for sticking to resolutions, so I try to make sure I'm getting the biggest happiness bang for the buck. For example, I'm probably be better off using my precious resolution-energy toward going for a ten-minute walk instead of trying to drink more water.

The Toolbox has a great new feature: if you're on Facebook, you can also post your entry to Facebook, so your friends can see what you're up to -- the resolutions you're making, the books you're adding to your Inspiration Board, etc. It's a lot of fun.

What resolutions have proved most helpful in your happiness project?

* I got the BIGGEST KICK out of this Funny or Die video: the very well-known singer Jewel went in disguise to sing her own songs at a karaoke bar. It's really worth watching.

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