Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A New Year, A New Look!

The Gladdest Thing has a new look!  I figure it's a new year, so what the heck, why not try a bloggy makeover?  Besides the cute new background, I updated my happiness resolutions, too!  Here they are, to save them for posterity in case I change them again next year.


  • Live your priorities.
  • Be in the moment.
  • Do your best, and be done with it.
  • Be silly; have fun.
  • Forget not the beauty of the in-between.
  • Learn new things.
  • Be unhurried.
  • Experience nature.
  • Respect routines.
  • Observe, wait, listen.
  • Work hard to make a connection.

My new additions were:
- "Forget not the beauty of the in-between."  -- trying to be content with each stage of life, not just the end products.
- "Be Unhurried," which I've discussed before
- "Respect routines" which is just to remind me that systems matter, and that a predictable routine and maintaining organization makes my life calmer.  
- "Observe, wait, listen," which is a Hanen strategy for working with children, but which I think is brilliant for helping me listen well to adults in my life, too, and
- "Work hard to make a connection," which is something that I say to myself a lot in work and play--sometimes I can get distracted with all that is on my plate, and I need to remind myself that connecting with people in my world is what brings me joy and fulfillment. 

Do you have any little sayings or phrases like these "happiness commandments" that you tell yourself regularly?  I'd love to hear them!  

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