The Happiness Project

True Rule: Rock the Boat

I’ve started a feature—the True Rules series. These are concrete lessons that come out of people’s specific experiences. Whether you agree with these rules or not, they’re fun to consider.

I was very excited to have lunch with the brilliant Debbie Stier in her office at HarperStudio , which is part of my publishing house, HarperCollins. A few weeks ago, I’d been in a meeting she led, and I’d immediately realized that she was a treasure trove of information about how to use online tools—and specifically, how to use them as a writer.

I came away from the meeting with a long list of things to read and experiment with. One of Debbie’s suggestions was to “use more video,” so I asked her if she’d give me a True Rule for my video series. Here’s her True Rule:

In case you can’t watch the video, Debbie says: “My True Rule is that you should rock the boat . Don’t let fear stop you, don’t let what other people might think stop you, just push it as far as you can go—rock the boat, take risks, and experiment.”

* Two friends of mine started a fantastic new blog, Drinking Diaries , “where women spill their drinking stories.” I was pleased when they asked me to do a guest post—I wrote about Why I stopped drinking alcohol (more or less) .

* Check out my companion site, the Happiness Project Toolbox . Great tools to build your happiness—and the chance to see what OTHER people are doing!