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The 21 Day Relationship Challenge Has Started!

We all want loving, attentive, and engaged relationships.

Yesterday was Day #1 of the 21 Day Relationship Challenge–but don’t worry, if you sign up after this “official” start day, you’ll get the full 21 days worth of daily emails starting from whenever you sign up.

Here on the blog, in addition to my usual daily posts, I’ll add a very short post about the day’s resolution, to give people a place to weigh in with their thoughts and experiences. We can all learn from each other, so please do comment.  If you have a comment some days later, you can scroll back and add your comment at any time.

You can read all posts related to the 21 Day Relationship Challenge by going here (or searching in the Archives, found in the right rail, in the Category of “21 Day Relationship Challenge”).

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Now, why is this a “relationship” challenge? Why not an “energy” challenge, say? (Which would also useful, I think!) Because for many people, I’ve noticed, the element of Happier at Home that resonates most is the discussion of relationships.

Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree that a key to happiness–probably the key to happiness–is strong relationships with other people, so while I didn’t set out to write a “relationship” book, I’m happy to hear that the book is helping people so much in that area.

We all want loving, attentive, and engaged relationships, and warm bonds will do more than anything to make our home a happy place.

Relationships are just one aspect of Happier at Home; it also examines other aspects of “home” such as possessions, time, body, and neighborhood. And it goes deeper into the subject of relationships than we can do in the 21 Day Challenge. But I hope this exercise will be FUN as well as challenging, and helpful.

More love in 2013. That seems like a good way to start the year.

If you want to learn more or sign up for the Challenge, info and sign up is here. You can read a sample Challenge email here. In a nutshell: each day for three weeks I will email you a proposed resolution–nothing too onerous, I promise–for you to think about using in your relationships. They may not all apply to you, but I’ve included a range to cover many different kinds of personal situations.

Onward.  Let me know what you think.

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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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