I’m thrilled, because after months of preparation, my Happiness Project Toolbox has been unveiled to the world.
As I was working on my happiness project, I stumbled across several methods that helped me to boost my happiness. I wanted to encourage other people to try these tools, and I also wanted to pull them together to make it easier for other people to do their own happiness projects.
So I created the Happiness Project Toolbox. It’s a free collection of eight Tools to make it easier to make changes in your life to boost your happiness.
With the Resolutions and Group Resolutions Tools, you can record and score your resolutions – you can track your own individual resolutions, or you can challenge several people to a group resolution. You can keep a One-Sentence Journal on any topic you like (my online one-sentence journal is “What I’m reading today”). You can identify your Personal Commandments. On the Happiness Hacks Tool, you can share your happiness hacks – all your tips for clearing clutter, strengthening relationships, remembering happy times, etc. You can share your Secrets of Adulthood; my favorite Secrets of Adulthood are “You can choose what you do, but you can’t choose what you like to do” and “Over-the-counter medication is very effective.” With the Lists Tool, you keep any kind of list (a to-do list, a things-to-do-before-you-die list, a favorites list, anything!)
One of my favorite Tools is the one I added last – the Inspiration Board Tool. There, you can pull together an inspiration board of your favorite books, quotations, images, and websites. That’s fun.
Here’s a very cool feature of the Tools: you can keep your entries private, or if you want to share what you’ve learned, you can make them public. Therefore – and this is fascinating and super-addictive — you can read other people’s public entries (go to the bar across the top of the screen). Reading other people’s Personal Commandments, browsing through their Inspiration Boards, learning from their Happiness Hacks…utterly absorbing.
I had a great time designing the Happiness Project Toolbox. Check it out! I hope it will help you set goals, keep your resolutions, reflect on your values, and pull together material that inspires you.
The days are long, but the years are short.