Rules Happy People Follow

May 4, 2017 by

“Don’t look for happiness, create it.” ~

We are all wanting to create happiness. We know to start from the inside. Our thoughts become vibrations that go out into the Universe to find like vibrations. Like Attracts Like…that’s the Law of Attraction. While we are working on ourselves to think positive thoughts, here are some rules that happy people already follow to help us get off to a good start. Gretchen Rubin, shares wisdom from her book, “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives”.

1. When things get tough: Treat yourself like a toddler. A cranky toddler. A toddler who shouldn’t get too hungry, too cold, too hot, too sleepy or be dressed in uncomfortable clothes.

2. Most decisions don’t require extensive research.

3. One of the worst ways to spend your time is to do something well that need not be done at all. For instance, you spend time filing—but maybe you don’t need to hang onto those papers at all.

4. Pay very special attention to anything you try to hide. The desire to hide something, from family or co-workers—to keep them from seeing what’s on the computer screen or from knowing how much time or money is spent on a habit—shows that, in some way, your actions don’t reflect your values.

5. It’s easier to prevent pain than to squelch pain. Literally and figuratively.

6. Ask yourself: Whom do you envy? Envy is uncomfortable, but it’s instructive. If you envy your co-worker, due to her exotic travels, that’s a clue that it’s time to plan a trip yourself. If you envy your sister, due to her ease in the kitchen, maybe you’d like to take a cooking class.

7. The things that go wrong often make the best memories. When you think back on a camping trip, or a new puppy or a long, family car trip, what do you remember best?

8. Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination. If you need to finish the annual report, time spent cleaning your desk, answering emails or doing “research” is just an unhelpful distraction.

9. Go outside. Research shows that being in the sunlight and being in a natural
environment both lift your spirits.

10. Burn energy to create energy. Research shows that we tend to feel because of the way that we act. If you act energetically—stand instead of sit, walk faster, run down the stairs—you’ll give yourself a jolt of energy.

11. Be gentle with yourself. People sometimes assume that if they beat up on themselves for mistakes, they won’t make them as much. To the contrary. Research shows that people who show self-compassion, by saying things like, “Well, we’ve all done it,” or “I learned my lesson, and I’ll do better next time,” are better at trying to stick to healthy habits.

12. Schedule time to be unscheduled. (I love this one!)

13. When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

14. One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make others happy.

15. One of the best ways to make others happy is to be happy yourself.


Happy people know there is as time for work and a time for play. Be sure not to forget the time for play. Lighten up. “Remember What’s Important and Have Fun” This is my motto. It has replaced “No Pain…No Gain”. A great replacement… don’t you think?

“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” ~


I am focusing on keeping it light and fun

I schedule time each day to just “be”

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