Gretchen Rubin

Listen To Your Favorite Song.

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 the Five Senses, and last week’s resolution was to Tap into your senses--go outside. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution, to tap into the power of hearing, is to Listen to your favorite upbeat song.

Listen to your favorite upbeat song.

If you're curious about the song I mention, the Border ballad Raggle Taggle Gypsies, here are two great versions, from the Waterboys and from the Irish Descendants. (Preview: a very careful reader of Happier at Home will spot a fleeting reference to the song, which, as it happens, is also an allusion to Virginia Woolf.)

How about you? Do you find that listening to your favorite music cheers you? What song do you know will lift your spirits, every time?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Want to feel happier? Listen to a favorite song.
The joy of rediscovering a song I love.
9 tips for dealing with a happiness emergency -- in the next hour.

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 thoughtful friend Melanie Notkin, a/k/a Savvy Auntie, let me know that the Girl Scouts now have a badge for "The Science of Happiness." Excellent!

* Join the happiness conversation on the Facebook Page. Lots of interesting discussion there.

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