Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happiness Manifesto

I have really enjoyed visiting Gretchen over at The Happiness Project. All the easier since I received her "resolutions chart" which is brilliant! (if you haven't received yours, head on over to her blog and send a note). There have been some great interviews and fantastic ideas to stimulate the process of attaining and maintaining happiness. Plenty to think about. You are free to agree or disagree, it's all good.

On Tuesday, she listed her Happiness Manifesto:

• To be happy, you need to consider feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, and an atmosphere of growth.
• One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
• The days are long, but the years are short.
• You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy.
• Your body matters.
• Happiness is other people.
• Think about yourself so you can forget yourself.
• “It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.” -- G. K. Chesterton
• What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you, and vice versa.
• Best is good, better is best.
• Outer order contributes to inner calm.
• Happiness comes not from having more, not from having less, but from wanting what you have.
• You can choose what you do, but you can’t choose what you like to do.
• You manage what you measure.
• “There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” -- Robert Louis Stevenson

If you go to the link, you'll see that she has listed a number of other Manifesto's.

Do you have one? Ever since I discovered Bruce Mau's "An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth" last fall, I've been pondering my own.

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