life commandments


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.


  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

  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.

  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

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