Happiness Commandments

A year ago, when I was going through a rough time, I went on a quest for happiness. Among the other things I tried — volunteering, yoga, dance, acupuncture, journaling, food overhauls, meditation — I began working on a Happiness Project. I’m sure many of you are aware of Gretchen Rubin’s phenomenal New York Times bestseller. If you aren’t, it’s likely that either a) you’re a bro and you’ve stumbled across this blog completely by accident or b) you’ve just woken up from a coma and you have a lot of cultural catching up to do. (If you fall into the second category, let’s chat! So many fun things have happened!)

ANYWAY, this week I wanted to focus on pretty things that can lead to greater happiness. Yes, all of the pretty things featured thus far will make you happier momentarily, and I may be biting myself in the butt for saying this, but stuff really only makes you happy for so long. So this week’s thematic venture will bring you things that have the ability to deepen your happiness in more lasting ways.

One of Rubin’s most important points is about writing a set of personal commandments. She describes these commandments as “overarching principles by which I try to live my life.” One that I  stole  borrowed from another reader is to “Keep in Touch.” Like many of you, my friends are scattered around the globe, and while Facebook has sort of helped in keeping in touch on a superficial level, there’s really nothing like real snail mail to let your friends know that you’re thinking of them. Individually. (Incidentally, my sister sends the best care packages ever, and they always make me feel superspecial.)

Of course, you’ll want to tailor your care packages to your specific friends, but here are some ideas to get you started.

1. JPwithLove Flower Hair Pins  2. Snow & Graham Cherry Blossom note cards  3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment  4. Popbar Hot Chocolate on a Stick*

* I found these via the incredible Joy Cho of Oh Joy! This woman has the most impeccable taste, heads a thriving business, and is a proud new mama to boot (her baby is so cute you might just die). You must visit her blog if you haven’t yet.


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  1. …hot chocolate on a stick? Amazing. What fabulous and darling finds…

    Can long distance be considered living across the river? <3

  2. Such a gorgeous blog post !
    thank you for including my flower hair pins!

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