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Back in Kansas City, I get some happiness-boosting SLEEP.

Posted Dec 23 2008 12:58pm

The more I've reflected on happiness, the more convinced I've become of the importance of SLEEP to staying happy.

We left new York City for Kansas City on Saturday, for our annual eight-day holiday stay -- and upon arrival immediately started on our traditional KC activities, like going to Winstead's, going to the Plaza, etc. But although we feel like we have a lot to do here, we really don't.

Last night, after a tiring day of buying some gifts at a bookstore and watching the girls decorate gingerbread cookies, I went to bed at 9:00 pm. I slept until 7:00 this morning. Ten solid hours. I felt ridiculous going to bed so early, and figured I'd be awake by 5:00, but I guess I was more tired than I realized.

I wouldn't be able to get to bed at 9:00 every night, of course, but as a consequence of my happiness project, I have definitely gotten better at going to bed as soon as I feel sleepy. It really pays off. I feel a lot more energetic today than I have in a while.

Interested in starting your own Happiness Project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at grubin, then the “at” sign, then gretchenrubin dot com. No need to write anything more than “Resolutions Chart” in the subject line. I won't send it until after the holidays, though, so don't be surprised if it doesn't show up right away.

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