I’ve been reading Gretchen Rubin’s blog, The Happiness Project, since the beginning of the year. I came across it by happenstance, and I’m happy I did. Because one trait that I find immeasurably admirable is perseverance in the quest to become a better person. And I think that’s what The Happiness Project is about. But here’s how Gretchen describes her blog:
I’m working on a book, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT–a memoir about the year I spent test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study I could find, whether from Aristotle or St. Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT will gather these rules for living and report on what works and what doesn’t. On this daily blog, I recount some of my adventures and insights as I grapple with the challenge of being happier.
A good example of why I like The Happiness Project is a post from Friday called A key to happiness: ASK FOR HELP. Why? Because other people can help you solve your problems. Amazing. Gretchen wrote about solving a frustrating problem simply by asking for help, something that’s all too easy to forget is an option and something that I sometimes find difficult to do.
Every Wednesday is “Tip Day.” This past Wednesday, Gretchen shared her best tip for sticking to resolutions: charts that she uses to score herself each day on how she did. She also made her charts available by email. I received them and am trying to figure out what my resolutions are. In the past, I wouldn’t have had trouble setting them out, but these days I need some time to think and that’s pretty hard to come by these days.
If, like me, you believe that it’s important to continue growing and to try to be a better person, then you should definitely check out The Happiness Project.