My Happiness Project: Part 1

A few months ago, I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I was really inspired by her approach to being happier in her everyday life. Rather than suggesting that you leave your job for a year of world travel, she focused on identifying behavior patterns, getting to know yourself and striving for personal growth. Since I read her book I’ve started to slowly chip away at my own happiness project – the first step of which is to identify my personal commandments (the core values by which I try to live my life).

  1. Get out of your comfort zone
  2. Make time for fun
  3. Sweat it out
  4. Reach out
  5. Live deliberately
  6. Express gratitude
  7. Embrace necessary conflict
  8. Focus on what matters

Some of these core values are easier for me than others. “Sweat it out” is so ingrained in my personality, while “embracing necessary conflict” is a challenge. I hope that by keeping these values visible, they continue to guide me in my daily life.

What books have inspired you? What are your personal commandments?

 

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