Apr 23, 2010

The Happiness Project :o)

Different happiness strategies work for different people. The following strategies stood out for Gretchen Rubin and "The Happiness Project". I have added my thoughts to the bolded strategies.

Seek novelty and challenge even if you value consistency and comfort. Trying new things is one of the most effective paths to happiness.

Try doing whatever you enjoyed doing at age 10. I would substitute and think of a time when you remember being happy, and try doing those same things again. Enthusiasm is the key.

Read memoirs of death and suffering. I was not expecting this one. The premise is that this helps put our own problems into perspective. I struggle with this one a bit because it requires you to make yourself feel better at the expense of someone else's struggles.

Declutter your home. Having a few chores that you want to accomplish each day can bring you satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. I know that I try and do this on my non-work days. It is way to easy to spend lots of time behind the keyboard.

Be appreciative of people's good traits rather than critical of their bad ones. I think that this is key to a good relationship. It is always easy to find things to be critical of, but focusing on the positive traits, the things that attracted us to our mates or friends, leaves us with a warmness inside that is hard to duplicate.

Enjoy today even if there's still work to do. Take time to be happy each and every day. Do not hang your happiness shingle on some future milestone that is going to take years to achieve.



  1. At ten I lived almost 100% in a fantasy world. I don't think I can do that now. Bummer.

  2. I flipped through this book at the store, last week. Some insightful blurbs. I'm always willing to experiment with new things, in moderation. I agree with you, though..."Do not hang your happiness shingle on some future milestone that is going to take years to achieve."

  3. Dear Bucko,
    thank you so much for this! lots of positive energy!
    Come and see me and leave some comments please!
    Yours Truly,
    ps. my Best Regards to you and Beth

  4. I agree with the decluttering. I am doing this room by room and it is making me feel somewhat better.

  5. Hi Ken,
    I agree with all the advice except for the part about reading memoirs of death and suffering. I'm sorry, but reading up on other people's misery just makes me feel miserable.

  6. Great post! I would love to do what I did at 10 years old that made me happy.......simple things were the best things. Life has gotten complicated as we got older.

  7. Ken, sensible and easy to do.


Tell Me What You Think, Don't Make me go Rogue on you :o)