The Happiness Project

How Can Facebook Help You With a Happiness Project?

Because of the big boost in happiness I’ve gained from my happiness project, one of my main goals in life is to try to persuade other people to do happiness projects of their own. I’ve become a real happiness evangelist (at times, I suspect, a tiresome evangelist), and I’m always trying to think of new ways to coax people into trying various strategies.

People often e-mail me to let me know that they’ve decided to start their own happiness projects; in fact, there are many blogs chronicling people’s progress.

What do I do to help other people with their happiness projects? Every Friday, I post a resolution that I’ve tried and found helpful, for other people to consider: Make Your Bed , Don’t Perform Random Acts of Kindness , Enter Into the Spirit of the Season , Abandon Your Self-Control .

I also e-mail my Resolutions Chart to anyone who wants to see my resolutions for inspiration as they devise their own. (Just e-mail me at grubin “at” symbol gretchenrubin dot com. Sorry about writing it in that roundabout way; I’m trying to thwart spammers. Just write “Resolutions Chart” in the subject line.)

In a month or so, I’m going to do the beta-launch of my fabulous new Web site of eight happiness-project tools, called (straightforwardly enough), the Happiness Project Toolbox. More on that in future weeks.

But what else could I be doing? Although Friday is usually the day I propose a resolution, today instead I’m following one of my most useful resolutions, to “ask for help.”

Help me by telling me: How could I do a better job of encouraging other people with their happiness projects? For instance, nudge them to start a project; propose ideas for strategies to try; inspire them to stay motivated; connect like-minded people with each other.

I’m going to post this question from time to time. I’d love to hear any ideas, and at this point, I’d be particularly interested to hear suggestions about how to use Facebook effectively. I have friends on Facebook, and there’s a Happiness Project Group (that’s how I met my lovely blogland friend Jackie Danicki ; she suggested that I set it up), and there’s a Gretchen Rubin Page .

I don’t have a good sense of how best to harness these tools, however. I love Facebook, but I use it in an extremely basic way.

If you’re a Facebook user, what would be useful for you? What would you like to see happening there?

Feel free to post a comment below, or if you’d prefer, e-mail me directly at grubin “at” symbol gretchenrubin dot com. Any ideas appreciated.