My Happiness Project: C is for Commandments
The A to Z Challenge means posting every day in April except Sundays, which leaves exactly 26 days – one day for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
See my Great and Powerful Theme Reveal – My Happiness Project – for a full list of the posts, updated throughout the month.
And be sure to check out My April AtoZ 2015 Posse, a Twitter list composed of individuals I have every intention of visiting during this year’s challenge.
Happiness is a form of courage. ~Holbrook Jackson
C is for Commandments
When I speak of Commandments, I don’t actually mean the Biblical kind, although those are fine if you’re into that sort of thing, with that whole “Don’t steal shit that isn’t yours” and “Murdering is generally frowned upon” and stuff like that. I’m not opposed to Biblical Commandments, seriously. It’s just that’s not what I’m talking about here. I mean PERSONAL Commandments. Gretchen Rubin offers her own list of 12 Personal Commandments as follows:
- Be Gretchen.
- Let it go.
- Act the way I want to feel.
- Do it now.
- Be polite and be fair.
- Enjoy the process.
- Spend out.
- Identify the problem.
- Lighten up.
- Do what ought to be done.
- No calculation.
- There is only love.
“Think about what’s true for YOU.
Each person’s list will differ.
One person resolves to ‘Say yes,’
another person resolves to ‘Say no.’
You need to think about YOURSELF,
your values, your strengths and weaknesses, your interests.”
Your Personal Commandments might look completely different, but at least these give you a place to start.
My Personal Commandments:
- Happy is a choice.
- Just show up.
- Don’t stop starting.
- Do it now.
- Make it better or make it worse.
- The key to doing ANYTHING is doing SOMETHING.
- Identify flaws and act accordingly.
- Always be yourself, even at great personal cost.
- Speak as gently to yourself as you would to a child.
- Do the work.
- It ain’t gotta be perfect.
- Catastrophe now makes a great story later.
Every day this month I will share a book* on Happiness, or fighting Depression, or one that cracked me up good. Laughter is always the best medicine! Try 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story, by Dan Harris.
Surprisingly enjoyable due in large part to the author’s self-deprecating tone. I also liked that he is an unapologetic skeptic and that part of him doesn’t really change much throughout the text. I really liked his 10-point list he calls “The Way of the Worrier” which nicely sums up his findings.
*Please see my post “B is for Books” for a full listing of all the books mentioned throughout this series.
Every day this month I will share a song from my Happiness Song List. Today’s song is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
- Do you have a list of Personal Commandments?
- Would you be willing to share them?
- What would you add to Gretchen’s list? or to mine?