In my opinion, Gretchen Rubin is THE most thought-provoking writer on happiness. Her books, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, drastically changed my outlook on life and were the driving forces behind starting my Lucky Little Mustardseed notions. [I guess you can blame her for my weekly ramblings.] She also has blog where she writes about her adventures as she test-drives the studies and theories about how to be happier. It’s an everyday read: http://www.happiness-project.com – beyond awesome!
“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” ― Gretchen Rubin
Anyway, I’m constantly throwing around ideas on how I can make the most of each week. Gretchen Rubin says identifying core beliefs like her twelve personal commandments are one of the most difficult (and fun) continuing challenges for any happiness project. Since I am my own boss now, I thought some principles for my workday freedom would be a good idea. Now, it’s definitely a work-in-progress [nothing concrete], but the one law I know as a MUST is:
Make the bed.
I know this is not for everyone, but personally, for me, it’s the difference between a good day and a bad day. It’s Instant Happy! I cannot control the craziness from day to day, but I can command whether or not the bed is made. It’s a little win in a world chuck full, at times, of big losses.
Now if only I could find the secret to keeping the dogs from messing it up ;) but who can say “no” to that face?