my 2010 resolution: The Happiness Project

Here’s how I’m going to create a happier mother/wife/self in 2010:

I’m going to start a Happiness Project.

My friend Gretchen Rubin’s new book “The Happiness Project” just hit shelves this week, and while I admittedly have not read it yet, I have my pre-ordered copy waiting for me when I get home on Sunday because, knowing Gretchen and her energy, I know it’s going to be awesome.

Gretchen spent a year test-driving all the happiness advice out there, from the ancient sages to the Oprah guests of today. This book shares the wisdom she learned along the way, and on her excellent blog, she lays out her 2010 “Happiness Challenge,” her toolbox of approaches, and what she is continuing to learn on her own happiness journey.

I have officially signed up for the Happiness Challenge. I resolve to be a happier person in 2010, and this thunderstormy New Year’s afternoon, with three cabin-feverish children, is not giving me an easy start, but I am going to DO IT. By signing off now and giving them my undivided, loving attention. Buy Gretchen’s book and let’s all get happy!

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Anonymous January 2, 2010 at 2:11 am

Perhaps you should consider not advocating a book you haven't yet read.
At best, it's unprofessional, at worst, it appears as if, by giving a positive review to "your friend," you're priming "your friend" to log-roll your own upcoming book.
In either case, it's a poor strategy to inspire confidence in you, as some kind of advisor.


Amy Wilson January 2, 2010 at 3:57 am

oh WHATEVER. This is a book that I'm excited about for personal reasons, as I made clear. I'm not being paid to plug it, I made clear why I was plugging it, and that's because I think it has value. I've been a big fan of her blog for a while, have read lots of Gretchen's writing on the topic there, and can't wait to read her book. I have never thought of myself as anyone's "advisor" and certainly hope no one who reads this blog thinks of me as such.


Gretchen January 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Amy — thanks so much for your kind words! I'm so HAPPY that you're doing the Happiness Challenge, and I hope it helps make 2010 a great year.



Amy Zimmerman January 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

so will you be keeping us posted on your progress?


Patois January 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Whatever, indeed.

Good luck on this. I think it's a great idea.


Amy Zimmerman January 3, 2010 at 2:57 am

So, I tried to sign on to the project and the website won't let me. Did you have this problem?


Anonymous January 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I looked at the website, but somehow this just felt like one more thing I would feel guilty if I signed up, then didn't follow through. THAT would not make me happier.


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