How to Stick to Your Happiness Resolutions

“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” – Robert Louise Stevenson

Do you consider being happy your duty? Probably not. Being happy – and working on being happy – gets thrown to the wayside in favor of other pursuits that our society places value on, like climbing up the corporate ladder and being “important.”

Being happy is incredibly important, though, and for so many reasons. Your happiness level directly affects the people in your life – at work and at home.

In my last blog post, “How to be Happy” <hyperlink>, I shared a short list of thought-provoking questions from the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Once you answer the questions, you’ll have a good idea of what areas in your life you need to focus on to be happier.

To put your own happiness project in motion, you need to make a list of actionable resolutions to follow. Here’s how to keep those resolutions, per Rubin:

  1. Write down your resolutions – and be specific. Instead of “Spend more time with friends,” write “Invite friends over for dinner twice a month.”
  2. Review your resolutions constantly so they stay top-of-mind.
  3. Hold yourself accountable. Tell people about your resolution, form a group of like-minded people, or make yourself a chart.
  4. Think big – if you need a big change in your life, go for it.
  5. Think small – small changes, like cleaning out your front closet, are mood-boosting too.
  6. Break your main resolution into manageable tasks.
  7. Keep your resolution every day. Doing something every day is habit-forming.
  8. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of  good – aka, don’t set yourself up for failure. Instead of deciding you’re going to sign up for a triathlon, focus on training for a 10k first.
  9. Consider dropping a resolution if you keep breaking it, or it could derail you.

Consider launching a happiness project at work or at home. How can you help your company or your team be happier, and thus more productive, energized, and focused? How can you help your family be happier, stronger, and healthier?

You can learn more about happiness at The Happiness Project.

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