I’d like to tell you about a fantastic book that I read recently called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It has even been perched on the New York Times Best Seller List. Rubin chose a different area of her life for each month and had specific tools to strengthen happiness, such as:
Remember Love (Marriage)
Aim Higher (Work)
Lighten Up (Parenthood)
Keep A Contented Heart (Attitude)
A year ago I checked out the book from the library. I returned it after two days and ordered it from Amazon because I quickly realized that this is a book that I would need to underline and write in my own notes.
One of the projects I did from the book was to make my own list of personal commandments. They are hanging on my bathroom mirror because I need frequent reminders. My personal commandments are:
1) Act the way you want to feel.
2) Do what ought to be done.
3) Be present in the moment.
4) Be kinder than necessary.
5) There is only love.
6) Live deliberately.
7) Say “yes” to life.
8) Smile always.
9) Spend out. (Taken from the Happiness Project book which talked about not taking things for granted, and celebrating the small victories of each day. Don’t save the nice dishes for a special occasion – because EVERY day is a special occasion.)
10) Be Cory.
I have great news for you! This incredibly nice author has donated a copy of the book for a free giveaway on fastcory! I hear you wondering how you can get your hands on this amazing book. There are four ways to enter the contest:
1) Click the follow button on the top right and become a fastcory.com follower. (If you are already a follower, just let me know in a comment): 3 Entries
2) Mention the contest on your blog or Facebook: 3 Entries
3) Visit Gretchen Rubin/The Happiness Project on Facebook and click the Like button: 3 Entries
4) Add a comment about something that makes you happy: 1 Entry per comment - the more the merrier!
Winner will be drawn at random in one week on August 10th. Good luck!
Um awesome giveaway! I am follower of course.ReplyDelete
I liked the author/book on fb!ReplyDelete
Your blog makes me happy! :) Oh and a ginormous mexican meal after a race.ReplyDelete
I'm a follower!ReplyDelete
And I liked Gretchen Ruben on Facebook.ReplyDelete
What makes me happy? Sharing dessert with the hubby!ReplyDelete
I'm a follower.ReplyDelete
Riding my bike makes me happy.ReplyDelete
Getting to share my nephew's first run with him as he tries to start running made me REALLY happy.ReplyDelete
...and I "liked" her on fb, which should make YOU happy because I do my best not to clutter up my facebook with lots of likes for contests. :)ReplyDelete
yayyyy!!! i am so excited for this giveaway. ever since you mentioned it in a comment last week I have had my eye on this book...I will probably get it even if I don't win but if i win...even better! FOLLOWER!ReplyDelete
liked the author on FB!ReplyDelete
coming home and taking a walk and then curling up on the couch with my sweet pup makes me happy every single afternoon :)ReplyDelete
posted your giveaway on my blog!ReplyDelete
I am a devoted follower. Is that gratifying or frightening? You choose. But it gets me three entries.ReplyDelete
I also mentioned you on facebook - another 3 entries.ReplyDelete
And...I like Gretchen on facebook. A giveaway trifecta.ReplyDelete
Follower! Thanks so much for turning me on to this! Sounds awesome.ReplyDelete
I like Gretchen on FBReplyDelete
I was just thinking about why marathons make me happy today. In the late miles when the going gets really tough, through the pain I feel so much gratitude toward the other runners, spectators, support crew, everyone who made that day possible and that keeps me going to finish.ReplyDelete
i'm a follower!ReplyDelete
seeing how happy my puppies are when i come home makes me happy!!ReplyDelete
cruising down nemesis at 45 mph makes me happyReplyDelete
hearing james tell me "thank you for the yummy dinner, mom" makes me happy.ReplyDelete
watching eliza take 4th at the championship swim meet (who cares that there were only 4 swimmers in her age-group) while improving her time by over 40% makes me happy.ReplyDelete
getting the most delicious kisses from millie makes me happyReplyDelete
discussing harry potter with porter (who is far more knowledgable on the subject than i) makes me happyReplyDelete
Never thought I would like to admit that I am a follower! Liked her facebook page and shared on my FB wall too.ReplyDelete
what makes me happy...
- raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens... no wait... I saw that in a play.
- seeing other people joyful makes me joyful. pictures of jumping during a tough race makes me smile.
- having the bills paid early.ReplyDelete
- Stand up PaddlingReplyDelete
- connecting with nature and myself
- long walks at sunrise with my dog
- my kids playing and laughing with each otherReplyDelete
I am now a follower and I will post about the contest on facebook. Watch and see. :)ReplyDelete
Hugs from my 4 year old when he wraps himself around me.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great book! I am a follower!ReplyDelete
I will post the giveaway on my blog in the manana! Way too tired for my slow computer right now!ReplyDelete
My heel somewhat cooperating makes me HAPPY!ReplyDelete
I liked Gretchen on FB!ReplyDelete
I love your personal commandments! I am already a follower :)ReplyDelete
I added your giveaway to my sidebar!ReplyDelete
"Liked" The Happiness Project on FB!ReplyDelete
Awesome giveaways like this make me happy! Also - pizza and nachos! And running :)ReplyDelete
I'm a follower!! Of course!ReplyDelete
What makes me happ is meeting other people who say "yes" to life! Living in the moment and not sweating the small stuff.ReplyDelete
I am a follower of youReplyDelete
I liked the project on FBReplyDelete
Something that makes me happy? Waking up to my dogs smiling face and kisses. Yes, dogs can smile!ReplyDelete
Shared a link on FB...which also sends to TwitterReplyDelete
"Act the way you want to feel." Love that!! And, I am a follower. :)ReplyDelete
Spending time with my family makes me happy.ReplyDelete
Kayaking also makes me happy.ReplyDelete
And, spending the day at Lake Tahoe makes me happy. I get to do all 3 of these things this weekend!! :)ReplyDelete
What a great giveaway!! I'm a follower!ReplyDelete
Posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar!ReplyDelete
Date Night with the hubby makes me happy!ReplyDelete
Watching my children laugh and goof off together makes me happy!ReplyDelete
You know I'm a stalker.ReplyDelete
Running makes me happy. Most days anyway.ReplyDelete
New books make me happy. Kindle versions are even better. And FREE Kindle versions are even better than that!ReplyDelete
Dinner with my family.ReplyDelete
Sleeping in and going to bed early.ReplyDelete
A good movie.ReplyDelete
Did I already mention my kids? Because my kids are awesome.ReplyDelete
Reading funny blogs makes me happy.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great book! I'm a follower! :)ReplyDelete
What a great giveaway! I follow you. (And I'm a librarian, so I'm psyched you discovered this book at the library first. :^) )ReplyDelete
Spending some time with my 4.5-YO twins at the pool today made me happy! I think it's going to make me happy tomorrow too.ReplyDelete
My tempo run this morning made me happy. A great run always does.ReplyDelete
My husband Dan makes me happy. I'm so grateful that we found each other.ReplyDelete
I follow you:)ReplyDelete
Running makes me happy.ReplyDelete
Teaching makes me happy!ReplyDelete
My family makes me happy :)ReplyDelete
This time of year, Frei's fruit/veggie stand makes me happy:)ReplyDelete
I posted this contest on FB!ReplyDelete
I like Gretchin Rubin on FB.ReplyDelete
I posted on my blog :)ReplyDelete
my husband and kids make me happy. My parents make me happy. My best friend makes me happy. Running makes me happy. My faith makes me happy. Doing my best and being my best makes me happy. :)ReplyDelete
I follow your blog!ReplyDelete
I like the author on facebook!ReplyDelete
Running a distance I had thought impossible makes me happy :)ReplyDelete
Making new friends and spending time with old ones makes me happy!ReplyDelete
Cory, I am a follower of your blog.ReplyDelete
just letting go and enjoying moments make me happy,
also dark chocolate and washing my feet with a loofa its a happy feeling. :)
I will link this contest on my facebook.
I am already a follower. I mentioned this contest on facebook and liked Gretchen's facebook page. Things that make me happy, are being with my kids, riding my bike or trike, and eating cheesecake.ReplyDelete
One more thing that makes me happy...breathless anticipation on giveaway day!ReplyDelete
I am a follower!ReplyDelete
I posted this giveaway on my blog!! Sounds like an awesome book!ReplyDelete
I liked it on Facebook!ReplyDelete
one thing that makes me happy is hear my kids laugh.ReplyDelete