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Video: Self-knowledge — Ask Youself, “Whom Do I Envy?” “What Do I Lie About?”

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Self-knowledge. Last week’s resolution was to Imitate a spiritual master. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Ask yourself: Whom do I envy? What do I lie about?


If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
What's making you "feel bad"?
Do you sometimes find it hard to be happy when your friends succeed?
Can studying the science of personality boost your self-knowledge? I think so. And it's awfully interesting.

Have you ever learned something about yourself by considering whom you envy, or what you've lied about? Envy is such an unpleasant emotion -- it's nice to know it can be good for something!

If you're new, here’s information on the 2011 Happiness Challenge. It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For the Challenge, each week I'll post a video suggesting a resolution for you to consider. For more ideas for resolutions to try, check out the archives of videos here.

* The blog Drinking Diaries -- "from celebration to revelation" -- is a very thought-provoking site about women and alcohol.

* If you've been anxiously awaiting the moment when you can buy your copy of The Happiness Project in paperback, well, it will hit the shelves March 1. Two weeks! If you're inclined to buy it, you would really help me by pre-ordering a copy. Pre-orders give a huge boost to a book. As a thank-you, if you do pre-order (and you're on your honor), I'll send you my page of Happiness Paradoxes. Just email me at gretchenrubin1 at gmail dot com and write "I pre-ordered" in the subject line. I'll send it right off. Want to know more about the book? (can't resist mentioning: #1 New York Times bestseller).

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