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Video: Are You a "Yes" Resolver or a "No" Resolver?

Posted Jan 25 2011 5:09pm

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 Resolutions. Last week’s resolution was to Choose one word to set the tone for the year . Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

This week’s resolution is to ask yourself: Are you a "yes" resolver or a "no" resolver?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…
5 questions to help you make effective New Year's resolutions.
Quiz: Are you a "moderator" or an "abstainer"?

I predict that some people will be dismayed by my resolution to give up sweets for the month of December. Truly, for me, I'm happier keeping that resolution than battling against my sweet tooth. I'm an abstainer and a "no" resolver! The pleasure of a gingerbread cookie just isn't worth the struggle for moderation.

How about you? Do you identify as "yes" resolver or a "no" resolver? Does that influence how you frame your resolutions? I've become increasingly convinced about the importance of vocabulary choices for happiness projects.

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 .

* I was thrilled to see The Happiness Project included in a terrific list of 7 must-read books on the art & science of happiness . I've read every book on the list. I'm a big fan of Brain Pickings -- "curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain" -- which made it particularly fun.

* Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel . To get the weekly video by email, right in your email in-box, you can:
-- On the GretchenRubin channel page, after you subscribe, click "Edit Subscription" and check the box, “Email me for new uploads.” Or...
-- Go to your main drop-down box, click “Subscriptions,” find the GretchenRubin channel, click “Edit Subscriptions,” and check “Email me for new uploads” there.

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