Gretchen Rubin

Video: Acknowledge the Reality of Other People’s Feelings. Harder Than It Sounds.

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 -- this month's theme is Family. Last week’s focus was Be a treasure house of happy memories. Specifically, use a file box. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Acknowledge the reality of other people's feelings. Caution: this sounds easy, but is actually challenging.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Acknowledge the reality of other people's feelings.
8 tips for finding the right thing to say in a difficult situation.
7 tips for defusing a child's tantrum.

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.

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