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 Gratitude (I didn't even consider the fact that Thanksgiving is coming up, very appropriate), and last week’s resolution was to Find gratitude cues in everyday life. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to Remember the dog that doesn't bark. (Spoiler alert: I talk about how Sherlock Holmes solves the crime described in "Silver Blaze".)

Remember the dog that doesn't bark.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
Why a hurricane filled me with gratitude.
Gratitude journals, and the happiness of not having cancer.

If you're new, here’s information on the 2011 Happiness Challenge. It’s never too late to start! You’re not behind, jump in right now, sign up here. For the Challenge, each week I'll post a video suggesting a resolution for you to consider. For more ideas for resolutions to try, check out the archives of videos here.

How about you? Have you found ways to cultivate gratitude in your everyday life -- and in particular, gratitude for things that didn't happen? I find it challenging.

* I had a lot of fun doing this interview about "What's on my nightstand?" with Victoria Loustalot of The Pencil Box.

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