The Happiness Project

Waking up this morning after yet another week of feeling like utter shite, I came to the realisation that maybe it’s time to do some work on my mental health and emotional well-being. Immaculately timed as ever, Chris Brogan linked to a blog I hadn’t seen before called The Happiness Project in which Gretchen is spending the year exploring all the theories and studies that supposedly affect our happiness and is reporting on her findings. As she does this she’s uncovering loads of great tips and tricks that’s getting me thinking about things I can do to pull myself out of this latest angsty rut of mine.

Here are a few of Gretchen’s tips on keeping your house in order:

— know where to give things away: books, clothes, kitchenware, toys. It’s much easier to get rid of things if you can imagine who will benefit. Figure this out before you start a major clutter-clearing effort.

— never accept anything for free, unless you’re thrilled with it. A mug, a tote bag, a hand-me-down toy, the lamp from your mother-in-law–if you don’t need it, don’t take it.

— don’t let yourself run out of necessities like envelopes, tape, toothpaste, stamps, Band-aids, batteries, and the like. If you hate to shop, buy large quantities and stockpile them.

— never allow a drawer or a closet to get so full that it’s hard to open and shut.

— get rid of things that don’t work. If you’re like me, you’ll be amazed at how many things you have around the house that are perfectly useless.

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Thanks to Gretchen for creating this blog, and thanks once again to Chris for sticking it on my radar. I think it’s going to be a big help.