Once you’ve identified your resolutions, you’ll need to choose the tools and strategies that will help you achieve your aims. There’s no magical one-size-fits-all solution to a Happiness Project—different strategies and tools work for different people. When we understand ourselves, we can approach our own unique Happiness Projects with self-compassion, rather than feeling discouraged when someone else’s method doesn’t work for us.
It’s easy to get distracted by the way we wish we were, or think we should be, and lose sight of what’s actually true. These questions will help you develop self-knowledge and highlight aspects of your nature that are relevant to habit formation, so that you can make meaningful changes in your life.
For a deeper dive into self-knowledge, the Know Yourself Better Journal is filled with prompts to help you understand your own nature, interests, values, and experiences.
Gretchen Rubin’s 21 Strategies for Habit Change
In her book, Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin identifies the 21 different strategies that people use to make or break habits. When considering which strategies to use, ask yourself what has worked for you in the past when you’ve successfully mastered a habit or behavior. Find the 21 Strategies and more free digital tools here.
If you find it more effective to keep a physical record, the Don’t Break the Chain Habit Tracker provides space to write your aims, track your progress in different ways, and includes a list of the strategies and additional tools.
Free Digital Tools
Explore The Happiness Project Tools for free digital resources to support your specific aims and resolutions. You’ll find tips and strategies for common resolutions like reading more, sleeping better, and exercising, plus more inspiration for your own Happiness Project.
Download Gretchen Rubin's free Resolution Chart to start tracking your aims.
Journals and More
The products in The Happiness Project Shop are designed to support your aims to become happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative, whether you’d like to keep a physical record of your progress or keep some inspiration close at hand.
Browse the collections and learn how to choose the right journal for you.
Remember, there’s no right way to build a Happiness Project—find the tools and strategies that work for you.