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Instead of listing a set of resolutions to follow through out the year, Author Rubin set an overall goal – increase her happiness within her set point  – and then set themes to improve on each month. I like this idea.  Each month you work toward something new and add on to what you worked on the prior month. What I also like about this book is that Author Rubiin was okay with saying I tried this and it didn’t work, therefore, I will not continue it. Her monthly themes included:

  1. JANUARY – Vitality  – Work on Boosting Energy
  2. FEBRUARY – Remember Love – Work on Marriage
  3. MARCH – Aim Higher – Work on Career
  4. APRIL – Lighten Up – Work on Parenthood
  5. MAY – Be Serious About Play – Work on Leisure
  6. JUNE – Make Time for Friends – Work on Friendship
  7. JULY – Buy Some Happiness – Work on Money
  8. AUGUST – Contemplate the Heavens – Work on Eternity
  9. SEPTEMBER – Pursue a Passion – Work on Books
  10. OCTOBER – Pay Attention – Work on Mindfulness
  11. NOVEMBER – Keep a Contented Heart – Work on Attitude
  12. DECEMBER – Boot Camp Perfect – Work on Happiness

Some of the resolutions she worked through the year were:

Janauary – Boost Energy and increase Vvtality to take on the resolutions in the coming months. Do this by

  1. Going to sleep 1 hour earlier
  2. Exercising better
  3. Tossing, restoring and organizing things
  4. Tackling a nagging task
  5. Acting more energetic.

February – Work on marrriage by

  1. Quit nagging
  2. Not expecting praise or appreciation
  3. Fighting right
  4. No dumping
  5. Giving proofs of love

March – Aim higher at work by

  1. Launching a blog
  2. Enjoying the fun of failure
  3. Asking for help
  4. Working smart
  5. Enjoying now

May – Be serious about play by

  1. Finding more fun
  2. Taking time to be silly
  3. Going off the path
  4. Starting a collection

June – Make time for friends by

  1. Remembering birthdays
  2. Being generous
  3. Showing up
  4. Not gossiping
  5. Making three new friends

July – Buy some happiness by

  1. Indulging in a modest splurge
  2. Buying needful things
  3. Spending out
  4. Giving something up

September – Pursue a Passion by

  1. Writing a novel
  2. Making time
  3. Forgetting about results
  4. Mastering a new technology

October – Pay Attention to Mindfulness by

  1. Meditating on koans
  2. Examining true rules
  3. Stimulating the mind in new ways
  4. Mastering a new technology

Check out the book or her blog for more information on these. I just wanted to list these here to get your brain going.  So why now?

We are headed into the busy holiday season. Starting Monday with Halloween, the crazies begin.  During the crazy season, keep a list of things you want to fix, improve, or stop or start. On January first, you’ll have a head start to your own happiness chart which will track your own 2012 Happiness Project. Do you need daily support? I understand she has created a daily happiness calendar, Put it on your stocking stuffer list for Santa, Mr. Christmas, or Harry Hanakah this year.


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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