Gretchen Rubin

Video: Self-knowledge — Imitate a spiritual master.

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 Ask yourself: what did you do for fun when you were 10 years old? Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Imitate a spiritual master.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Imitate a spiritual master.
More on the duty of being happy.
If you're in the mood to read a classic work about happiness...

Who is your spiritual master -- and why? I'm so curious to hear other people's choices. Please post!

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.

* I'm a big fan of Starfish Envy. Always sends me thinking in many directions.

* 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. 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.

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