What’s better than spreading happiness and brightening someone else’s day? For the month of June, I am challenging you to write a note to someone every day letting that person know how much you appreciate him or her. You can write the note to the same people or you can mix it up. The notes can be given to friends, family members, co-workers, acquaintances, strangers, etc. Post a picture or write a comment on the challenge page on ChallengeLoop every time you write a note. This is a great way for us all to connect, share ideas and spread the happiness! If you miss a few days, no big deal. The winner only has to post 8 times to be eligible to win. Sign up here: http://www.challengeloop.com/challenge/happy-note-a-day.
You can use any notes you want, but if you want some “official” happy notes, sign up to be a Happster here and I’ll mail them to you ASAP: tinyurl.com/imahappster
The best part is: A randomly selected winner will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon.com!
I love this quote by Mike Dooley - “Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!”. Positive thinking leads to less stress and more happiness! So identify negative thoughts and get rid of them. Make it a point to plant happy, positive thoughts. Still need some convincing? Health benefits positive thinking might provide include:
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress (Source)
The next time you notice negative thoughts creeping into your mind, just take a moment, breathe and ask yourself if there’s a way to change your outlook on that particular subject into something more positive. You may surprise yourself!
As Happsters, we’re all about making other people happy, so what better way to put a smile on a friend’s face than with a thoughtful gift? Here are 5 do it yourself ideas that are easy, inexpensive and perfect to give a friend.
One of my Happster friends, Allison, had a great idea for how to spread happiness for Easter. Once I heard it, I knew we had to do it! We got together and started working on the best way to make it happen. Here’s the plan:
1. Fill plastic Easter eggs with candy
2. Write happy phrases and words on the eggs with sharpie markers
3. Randomly distribute the eggs over the weekend so that some lucky people get a happy surprise!
Will you join us in spreading happy Easter eggs around your neighborhood this weekend? Let me know in the comments!
Become an official Happster & get free Happy Notes to make it easy for you to express gratitude to people you encounter here: http://tinyurl.com/imahappster.
Did you know that today is the world’s first International Happiness Day, declared by the UN? According to The Huffington Post, The UN decided to create this day “to signal the importance of going beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of progress. We need, says the UN, better measures of society’s real wellbeing — including happiness.” Read more about International Happiness Day here.
In honor of International Happiness Day, I wanted to post about a project that I started a few months back called the Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal. I found the idea on Pinterest and changed it slightly to be more about positivity and happiness. The journal is made out of notecards, vintage post cards, and a fruit box. The original idea was to flip to the current date each day and write down something that happened. I decided to create this journal, but to specifically write something each day that made me happy. I absolutely love the journal because years down the line, I’ll be able to see all of the happy things that happened on that day. For example, I’ll be able to see the happy moments I wrote down on March 19th for 2013, 2014, 21015, etc. all on one notecard. Click here for the full how-to on creating this journal.
Question of the day: Do you journal? Do you find that it helps you organize your thoughts after a busy day?
Hi Happsters! Hope you’re having a fabulous day. I love this quote by Arthur Rubinstein and wanted to share it with you: “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” - Arthur Rubinstein. What’s your favorite happiness quote?
I also wanted to say how proud I am of all our Happsters who are spreading happiness in their neighborhoods! Below are some awesome photos that might spark ideas for how you can spread happiness in your area.
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