Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Happiness Contest!

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!

90 comments:

  1. Um awesome giveaway! I am follower of course.

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  2. Your blog makes me happy! :) Oh and a ginormous mexican meal after a race.

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  3. What makes me happy? Sharing dessert with the hubby!
    :)

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  4. Riding my bike makes me happy.

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  5. Getting to share my nephew's first run with him as he tries to start running made me REALLY happy.

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  6. ...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. :)

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  7. 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!

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  8. coming home and taking a walk and then curling up on the couch with my sweet pup makes me happy every single afternoon :)

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  9. posted your giveaway on my blog!

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  10. I am a devoted follower. Is that gratifying or frightening? You choose. But it gets me three entries.

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  11. I also mentioned you on facebook - another 3 entries.

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  12. And...I like Gretchen on facebook. A giveaway trifecta.

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  13. Follower! Thanks so much for turning me on to this! Sounds awesome.

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  14. 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.

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  15. seeing how happy my puppies are when i come home makes me happy!!

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  16. cruising down nemesis at 45 mph makes me happy

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  17. hearing james tell me "thank you for the yummy dinner, mom" makes me happy.

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  18. 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.

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  19. getting the most delicious kisses from millie makes me happy

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  20. discussing harry potter with porter (who is far more knowledgable on the subject than i) makes me happy

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  21. Never thought I would like to admit that I am a follower! Liked her facebook page and shared on my FB wall too.
    what makes me happy...
    - raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens... no wait... I saw that in a play.

    For reals
    - seeing other people joyful makes me joyful. pictures of jumping during a tough race makes me smile.

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  22. - having the bills paid early.

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  23. - Stand up Paddling

    - Hiking
    - connecting with nature and myself
    - long walks at sunrise with my dog

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  24. - my kids playing and laughing with each other

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  25. I am now a follower and I will post about the contest on facebook. Watch and see. :)

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  26. Hugs from my 4 year old when he wraps himself around me.

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  27. Sounds like a great book! I am a follower!

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  28. I will post the giveaway on my blog in the manana! Way too tired for my slow computer right now!

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  29. My heel somewhat cooperating makes me HAPPY!

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  30. I love your personal commandments! I am already a follower :)

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  31. Awesome giveaways like this make me happy! Also - pizza and nachos! And running :)

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  32. What makes me happ is meeting other people who say "yes" to life! Living in the moment and not sweating the small stuff.

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  33. Something that makes me happy? Waking up to my dogs smiling face and kisses. Yes, dogs can smile!

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  34. Shared a link on FB...which also sends to Twitter

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  35. "Act the way you want to feel." Love that!! And, I am a follower. :)

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  36. Spending time with my family makes me happy.

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  37. And, spending the day at Lake Tahoe makes me happy. I get to do all 3 of these things this weekend!! :)

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  38. What a great giveaway!! I'm a follower!

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  39. Posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar!

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  40. Date Night with the hubby makes me happy!

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  41. Watching my children laugh and goof off together makes me happy!

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  42. Running makes me happy. Most days anyway.

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  43. New books make me happy. Kindle versions are even better. And FREE Kindle versions are even better than that!

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  44. Sleeping in and going to bed early.

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  45. Did I already mention my kids? Because my kids are awesome.

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  46. Reading funny blogs makes me happy.

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  47. Sounds like a great book! I'm a follower! :)

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  48. What a great giveaway! I follow you. (And I'm a librarian, so I'm psyched you discovered this book at the library first. :^) )

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  49. 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.

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  50. My tempo run this morning made me happy. A great run always does.

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  51. My husband Dan makes me happy. I'm so grateful that we found each other.

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  52. This time of year, Frei's fruit/veggie stand makes me happy:)

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  53. 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. :)

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  54. I follow your blog!

    blw_22@yahoo.com

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  55. I like the author on facebook!

    blw_22@yahoo.com

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  56. Running a distance I had thought impossible makes me happy :)

    blw_22@yahoo.com

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  57. Making new friends and spending time with old ones makes me happy!

    blw_22@yahoo.com

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  58. Cory, I am a follower of your blog.
    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.

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  59. 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.

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  60. One more thing that makes me happy...breathless anticipation on giveaway day!

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  61. I posted this giveaway on my blog!! Sounds like an awesome book!

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  62. one thing that makes me happy is hear my kids laugh.

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