31 July 2012

life commandments

happiness

i am reading a book called “the happiness project.” i’ve been reading it since march or so. i hate that i’ve allowed my life to nearly completely crowd my reading-for-pleasure time. i’m determined to un-cram and read more.

anyway, the author of “the happiness project” spent a year focusing on being happier and wrote about her experiences to share with the world. she based her happiness work on an initial list of self-created life commandments. she inspired me to develop my own set of rules for large and deliberate living.

1 – be my temple self
2 – be good in the middle
3 – best is the enemy of good
       & good is the enemy of best
4 – do it
5 – {almost} nothing is a big deal
6 – savor
7 – act how you want to feel
8 – be on time
9 – love your choice
10 – don’t say anything negative
11 – expect less

i’ve mulled over this list for many weeks, and i’m sure it will continually be edited. but i am grateful for the opportunity to think about what truly makes me happy. i don’t think i’ve ever had to work so hard to be happy as i have the past seven months. i have great hope that i’ll triumphantly turn the struggle into sanctifying growth.

4 comments :

  1. I read that book. Loved it! I am also reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Check out his quick-paced, very funny intro to his research on TED.com.

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  2. I also read this book....really enjoyed it! I need to re-read it I think because it's been a while. It has such great insight and I like how it guides you to be more introspective about your life....where you are and where you want to be in the future.

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  3. I've wanted to read this book for so long! I assume you would recommend it? I think I'm just gonna go ahead and buy it, seems like a good purchase! I love reading your thoughts on your blog, it's very inspiring and you seem to have fun in every situation, I'd like to be that way!

    perfectly priya

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  4. Our book club did this book. Love that you personalized it for your own life. Perfect list for you!

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