The Happiness Project

A chronicle of my attempts to test-drive every tip, principle and scientific study that promotes happiness

Pigeon of Discontent: "I Say Yes; I Want To Say No"

One good personal commandment is “Just say yes“.

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is:  “I say ‘yes’; I want to say ‘no’.”

 

I Say Yes; I Want To Say No.

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How about you? Have you found ways to keep yourself from getting over-committed or agreeing to do things that, in the end, you realize that you don’t want to be doing? One good personal commandment is “Just say yes“‘; another good personal commandment is “Just say no.”

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Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project, a book and a blog about her adventures learning to be happier.

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