The Happiness Project

What other subject than Happiness could we talk about on a chill yet sunny Friday morning … I started digging on the subject and I discovered a very interesting site called The Happiness Project. Founded by the best-selling writer, Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project is dedicated to finding concrete ways in which we can all improve our happiness. OMG, what a project!

According to Rubin, it’s possible to be happier by taking small, concrete steps in our daily life. In her book and on her daily blog, she writes about what she’s learned as she’s test-driven the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture: Plutarch, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin, St. Thérèse, the Dalai Lama, Oprah, Martin Seligman…She covers it all. And it is inspiring…

She has some pretty great suggestions that we can use with the children that surround us: our OMGchildren. Of course, these tips need to be molded a little depending on your OMGchild’s age. But the messages are pretty universal and with a little creativity you can impart some wisdom on your niece, nephew, godchild…

For example, tip #3 “Fake It Till You Feel It” can be explained to kids of all ages. Kids should know that nobody knows everything, and they should never shy away from trying something new just because it’s scary.  Sometimes you have to pretend you know how to do something and along the way, you’ll find you had the courage to do it all along.

Or tip #4 “Realize that anything worth doing is worth doing badly”- meaning you must try new things, things you might not be good at because satisfaction comes from the simple act of trying.  Success isn’t always the most important goal! My favorites and the easiest to share with our OMGchild and keep in mind for us, are her 12 personal commandments.

Check out all of Gretchen’s tips here. It is a nice way to end the week…We all know that our role as OMGparents is in the importance of mentoring. And it’s not just about buying cool gifts, sending money on birthdays, or taking them to the zoo.  It’s about the way we interact with them when we do get to spend time with them.

So Let’s be HAPPY this weekend!!  Great project, Gretchen!

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