Personal Commandments to Obtain Happiness

Gretchen Rubin’s book,  The Happiness Project, has created a movement. The book has spurned blogs and “Happiness Project” groups around the globe.

One of the most completed tasks from the book is to write twelve personal commandments. These are not specific tasks like do the dishes, but principals that you should try to live by to obtain the happiness we are all looking to achieve.

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Consider sayings or phrases that have stuck with you

You may find that several are actually quotes from other people that meant a lot to you.

Fight the urge to be too comprehensive, but set your goals high

You should review your list daily and keep it fresh in your mind. It should be short and easy to remember.

If at first you cannot create 12, start smaller and build as you can.

Create the list for YOU- not what is true for others

Everyone who creates a list will be different. It should be a reflection of you, your interests, values, strengths and weaknesses.

REMEMBER: This is YOUR list, it can change as you need it to, can apply to various situations, and you can keep it private, or share it with others. Your Choice! These commandments should be a guide to feeling happy. They should help you make better decisions and be a reminder when you are feeling lost when it comes to happiness. These are not necessarily tasks so much as principles to live by.

If you need help getting started, below are Gretchen Rubin’s personal commandments.  

  • Be Gretchen
  • Let it go.
  • Act the way I want to feel.
  • Do it now.
  • Be polite and be fair.
  • Enjoy the process.
  • Spend out.
  • Identify the problem.
  • Lighten up.
  • Do what ought to be done.
  • No calculation.
  • There is only love.

Other great ideas: Do you. Be the bigger person. Make a decision and move on. Don’t apologize unless you need to. Let relationships go. Introduce yourself. Be lenient. Say yes. Say no.Do stuff. Talk to Strangers. Stay in Touch. Make haste to be kind. Dig Deep. Less is More. Smaller.