Personal Commandments

I mentioned before that I’ve been listening to Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, during my commute. She took a year of her life to actively work on being happier, by choosing overall “commandments” to live her life by, as well as a few concrete things to focus on each month. 

While I do not have the attention span for a year-long project, my giving up on One Little Word no later than April each year is proof of this, I do want to work to apply the ideas she has. 

I started with not the questions she listed on her site, but with creating my own set of personal commandments. (She wrote about it here, where you can also browse what many others wrote for themselves.)

  • Think before you speak. 
  • Be authentic. 
  • Go with the flow. 
  • Comparison is the thief of joy. 
  • Take care of yourself. 
  • Write it down. 
  • Less is more. 
  • Don’t be afraid to fail. 

What are your personal commandments? What things do you need to remind yourself of as you go through your day?