Category Archives: My Happiness Project

Clutter: Set your problems free…

I thought of you when I read this quote from “The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Rubin … Continue reading

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Evaluation 

QUOTE: By the end of January, I was off to a promising start, but did I feel happier? It was too soon to tell. I did feel more alert and calm, and although I still had periods when I felt … Continue reading

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WILLIAM JAMES AND WILLIAM GLASSER … 

QUOTE: The philosopher and psychologist William James explained, “Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the … Continue reading

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Act more energetic 

QUOTE: ACT MORE ENERGETIC. To feel more energetic, I applied one of my Twelve Commandments: “Act the way I want to feel.” This commandment sums up one of the most helpful insights that I’d learned in my happiness research: although … Continue reading

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Tackle a nagging task 

QUOTE: TACKLE A NAGGING TASK. Unfinished tasks were draining my energy and making me feel guilty. I felt like a bad friend because I hadn’t bought a wedding gift. I felt like an irresponsible family member because I’d never gotten … Continue reading

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FOUR THERMOMETER SYNDROME 

QUOTE: A pleasant, unintended consequence of my clutter clearing was that it solved the “four-thermometer syndrome”: I could never find our thermometer, so I kept buying new ones, and when my clutter clearing flushed them all out, we had four … Continue reading

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What is the real need? Yes or no.

QUOTE: My Eighth Commandment is “Identify the problem.” I’d realized that often I put up with a problem for years because I never examined the nature of the problem and how it might be solved. It turns out that stating … Continue reading

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Fewer choices, happy life…

​QUOTE: Also, having few clothing choices made me feel happier. Although people believe they like to have lots of choice, in fact, having too many choices can be discouraging. Instead of making people feel more satisfied, a wide range of … Continue reading

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Decluttering Strategies: Focus on the Turbulence 

QUOTE: I quizzed my fellow guests for new strategies. “Focus on the dump zones,”advised one friend. “You know, the dining room table, the kitchen counter, the place where everyone dumps their stuff.”“Right,”I said. “Our biggest dump zone is a chair … Continue reading

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Less is literally more.

QUOTE: “Over the next few weeks, as I adjusted to my half-empty closet, I noticed a paradox: although I had far fewer clothes in front of me, I felt as though I had more to wear—because everything in my closet … Continue reading

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