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Monday, Happy Monday

Posted by Amy Wilson on May 4, 2009

Have you heard of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project? I heard about it several months ago from Bob Sutton, who is a big fan. Gretchen is spending a year test driving every “principle, tip, theory, and scientific study” she can find on happiness and blogging (and writing a book) about it.

As a result of her happiness adventures, she has started to de-bunk myths. Here are a couple of my favorites (which serve me both professionally and personally):

  • Venting anger relieves it – nope, in fact, you are more likely to start feeling happy if you act happy (even if you are actually angry). And, even better, by acting friendly/happy towards others, they are more likely to act that way toward you. It’s contagious!

And as a special treat (in a good, productive kind of way), check out this youtube video Gretchen posted – a spontaneous musical in the Antwerp Central Station. If it doesn’t make you smile, smile anyway and you’ll be happier!

One Response to “Monday, Happy Monday”

  1. Hi Amy, I saw the nice mention of my blog, The Happiness Project, here. I very much appreciate those kind words and you shining a spotlight on my blog! And yes, isn’t that video the greatest? Thanks and best wishes, Gretchen Rubin

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