For the next 7 days you will focus on generating joy and happiness into your life. Yes, you are the one responsible for generating your own happiness. Happiness is your own decision!
By focusing on 1 thing that makes you happy every day this lifts up your mood for the whole day...
Here we go:
1. Day #1: Slow down: Enjoy you favourite tea (or coffee)
2. Day #2: Time to Dream (BIG!)
Happiness studies on Harvard students showed that the difference between happy and unhappy students was that happy students had a big dream or a big vision that they look forward to and they take steady baby steps towards it.
Today your mission -if you choose to accept it- is to take few minutes to dream big... if money, time or space were no objections; if anything was possible, what would you like to BE, DO and HAVE in your life? What is your big audacious dream?
Don't be afraid to DREAM BIG... don't censor yourself and don't allow this tiny little annoying voice in your head to stop you... I don't care if your dream is to build the first hooka lounge on the moon or travel the world in 80 seconds... Write it down! And share with us on this post... Who knows may be you will find someone who will help you take the first step!
Writing down your dream and announcing it to the world give the message to your subconscious mind that you are serious, so you will start noticing opportunities, chances, ideas that you didn't see before... it will seem like magic but it is not magic, it is science... "You'll see it when you believe it!"
3. Day #3: Have an ‘apple’
And this became my first advice to any of my friends, family, students and clients… Find your source of apples!
Apples are things that make you genuinely happy, fulfilled, thrilled, and/or replenished. It might be reading a book, playing with your kid, walking barefoot on green grass, collecting shells from a sandy beach, spending some time with a friend, drawing, painting, cooking, quilting, fishing, running, writing poetry, fixing the car, playing video games, meditating... Think, and make your own list. Pick one apple from the list and have it TODAY!
4. Day #4: Keep moving
Movement doesn’t have to be a boring task or a burden. We can make it enjoyable. Find motivation. Find a buddy, put on some music, be creative, make it fun! It is now scientifically proven that movement raise your endorphin levels, boost your mood, calm down the nerves and reduce stress levels.
Try some stretching, yoga postures, Zumba, Pilates, walk your dog or your cat, play with your toddler, or just sway to your favorite tune...
5. Day #5: Random act of self-love!
But, you’re also a beautiful fragile soul that has been running on dry for so long and now feels stuck, depleted, and exhausted.
You’re a kind, caring, loving heart that nurtured everyone around it and now endures the silent pain of emptiness, loneliness and boredom…
It’s time to care for yourself the way you cared for everyone and everything else... Today, you are going to perform a "Random Act of Love... Towards Yourself"
This could be an 'apple', another tea, a walk in the park, an appreciation letter... or even just look yourself into the eyes in the mirror and say "I love you the way you are... You're not perfect, no body is... but you are enough... you're beautiful enough... smart enough... brave enough..."
6. Day #6: Detox- emotionally before physically!
Toxic emotions are more damaging than toxic food!
Sometimes we can't remove 'toxic people' from our lives, but we can refuse to allow their poisons to reach our heart and dim our soul...
What toxic emotions are you allowing into your heart? What toxic emotions are causing your happiness to wither?
Do you need to forgive someone -even yourself?
Do you need to release some anger, rage or frustration?
Do you need to finally let go of those pains and rancour?
Are there any jealousy... fear... doubts... shame or blame lurking in the dark shadow of your life?
Time to release them all... time to detox...
The first step in detoxing your emotions is acknowledging them... Emotions are not good or bad in themselves, they are just signposts that show us what need to change in our life... Again... we need to LISTEN!
So, What's the most toxic emotion you pledge to let go of TODAY?
7. Day #7: Pay it forward
Today take the time to 'Pay it forward'... Pass the happiness to someone who deserves it, or even to someone who simply needs it... I love the film 'Pay it forward by Kevin Spacey & Helen Hunt... if you didn't see it, it's a good watch... I wrote about it in my blog some times ago Here.
Drawing a smile on another person's face makes our heart sing! It genuinely makes us happy...
Ask yourself: Who can use a boost of happiness today? Who would love a thank you note or a gratitude call? Who would appreciate a hot tea or an un-expected gift?
Think and be creative...
Let us all know how it worked for you, let's lift our spirit up!