2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Self-knowledge. Last week’s resolution was to ask yourself: What do I envy? What do I lie about? Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Do what you do.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Quiz: How well do you know yourself?
Secret of Adulthood: What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
Paradoxes of happiness: the sadness of a happiness project.

"Do what you do" sounds a bit cryptic, but I've found it surprisingly illuminating. Crossword puzzles, baking, editing videos, putting together playlists...these kinds of activities are clues about yourself. Have you ever learned about what you wanted to do by observing what you already do?

* I enjoyed doing this interview about happiness and marriage for Alisa Bowman's blog, Project: Happily Ever After.

"Hey, Gretchen," you may be thinking, "When is the paperback of The Happiness Project coming out?" I'm glad you asked! Next Tuesday. If you're inclined to buy it, you'd really help me out by pre-ordering it now. Pre-orders give a big boost to a book. (Can't resist mentioning: #1 New York Times bestseller).
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