Gretchen Rubin

To Boost Your Self-Control, Beware the “Licensing Effect.”

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-control, and last week’s resolution was to Use convenience to your advantage. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Beware the licensing effect.

Beware the licensing effect.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Do you buy green? Refrain from nagging? Emobdy virtue? Better watch yourself!
12 tips for getting regular exercise -- and the benefits for happiness and fitness.
Exercise, weight loss, and happiness.

How about you? Have you fallen prey to the licensing effect? In my own life, I think I'm most apt to think that I'm justified in showing annoyance or irritability because I've held my peace in another situation.

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.

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