2012 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2012 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2012 a happier year—and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge—welcome! 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: "How do I avoid being dragged down by difficult people?"

How do I avoid being dragged down by difficult people.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

Quiz: Are you a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"?
Quiz: Are you the one that everyone finds difficult?
9 tips for dealing with difficult relatives.
Make people happier by acknowledging that they're not feeling happy.

Readers! What's your Pigeon of Discontent? What issue would you like to see me address on a video? Please post your suggestion in the comments below, or email me at gretchenrubin1@gretchenrubin.com. What's on your mind?

If you're new, jump in right now, sign up here. Studies suggest that by taking action, like signing up for this challenge, will help you keep your resolutions. For the 2012 Challenge, each week I'll post a video for you to consider, and you can check out the archives of videos here.

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