Gretchen Rubin

Spend Out–Stationery, Fancy Ingredients, Perfume, Etc.

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 Possessions, and last week’s resolution was to Read the manual. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

I don't usually post two videos in one week, but somehow last week's video was delayed a week, so here's the fourth video for the month!

This week’s resolution is to Spend out.

Spend out. MP3 for Audio Podcasting

What about you? Do you ever find yourself "saving" things instead of putting them to use? What kinds of things do you save? I've even caught myself "saving" tin trays that my mother gave me. Why do I do this?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
What it means to "spend out" and why it's a good idea.
How money made me happy. It only took $12.
In which holiday decorating reminds me of several happiness lessons.

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 love the Six Word Memoirs on Smith, and especially the Six Words on the Secrets to Happiness. Brand new: Six Words about Work. So much fun to write and read -- and you might win an iPad2 or a BlackBerry PlayBook.

* Check out my companion website, the Happiness Project Toolbox -- eight free tools to help you launch and track your own happiness project. Plus you can see what other people are doing, which is fascinating.

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