Video: Manage Pain.

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 Body, and last week’s resolution was to Get some exercise (but it doesn't have to be much). Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Manage pain.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
17 tips for coping with a medical emergency.
8 tips for feeling happier during an unhappy time.
Why it's important to "Identify the problem." (It's harder than it sounds.)
7 tips for dealing with a sweetheart who is constantly crabby.

Have you found ways to manage pain better? Does it affect your happiness?

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.

* My friend Melanie Notkin's book, Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids, is available for pre-order -- a terrific resource for all the fabulous "aunties" out there. I love Savvy Auntie as a great example of a happiness project. As Melanie explained, "In 2007, the summer I decided to create the Savvy Auntie brand, I was in my late 30's and frankly not where I wanted to be in life. I wasn't married. I wasn't a mom. I wasn't working, I wasn't happy. But then I realized that happiness is a choice and that when I focused my life on all that I am instead of what I am not, I grew happier."

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