Personal Commandments

Lately, I’ve been thinking about The Happiness Project, and some of the tools Gretchen Rubin recommends, specifically the Personal Commandments – the internal rules we hold so dear that they define our interactions with the world. And I thought I’d share mine:

1. Know thyself. Become who you are.

2. Be kind.

3. Trust your gut.

4. Don’t save stamps.*

5. Slow down.

6. Avoid assholes.

7. Get dressed. Show up. Be present.

8. Do the work.

*This one takes some explaining. In our house, saving stamps means holding on to past injustices as a way to justify present anger. It’s counterproductive and defeats Commandment #2.

So, what about you? Do you have a list of personal commandments that direct your life? Please share!

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