One of the important pieces of a Happiness Project is the identification of some personal rules. Gretchen Rubin would call them “personal commandments.” These are a set of ideals, specific to you, that you feel are important to follow to be the best person you can be.
On the Happiness Project website, there are lists of things that people have added to their personal commandment lists, and it’s interesting to see how different they can be. I’ve been pondering this idea for a few months, and though I don’t think my list is done, I think I’ve made enough progress to share it.
I’ve changed the name. As a devout Christian, I have trouble calling anything a commandment that isn’t from the Bible. (Weird personal quirk – I know!) So I’ve decided to call mine Guiding Principles instead. Here they are, as they stand now, subject to change.
- God first. Family Second. Work Third.
- Be yourself.
- Be grateful.
- Accept yourself just as you are, even if you know you want to change.
- Do the right thing even when it’s uncomfortable.
- Eat for fuel, not entertainment.
- Control your money or it will control you.
- Live below your means.
- Collect experiences, not things.
- Don’t allow anything into your home that you do not know to be useful or beautiful.
- Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
- If helping you is hurting me, it’s not OK.
There they are! For now anyway. I’ll explore them a little more as the project progresses.
Do you have any rules, commandments or guiding principles? I’d be interested in hearing them. As I said, this list is subject to change.