Friday, July 5, 2013

The Seven Day Happiness Challenge Pt 2.

Hello! Welcome to part 2! In part one I provided a general synopsis on the key elements of happiness and began to briefly explained the steps  of the Happiness Challenge! [For your reference, here is a Link to Part 1] As promised in part one, I am going to provide a list of simple, yet over looked kind deeds one can do during the challenge in hopes to get your ideas flowing! I am also providing you with a Happiness Challenge Record Book I created for you to print out and use to track your progress for the duration of the challenge. (there's a preview at the bottom of the post)

How To Use This Record Book
Each day I have provided you with a quote that pertains to happiness, kindness or gratitude. How you chose to reflect is ultimately up to you, but I included these quotes that truly spoke to my heart  in hopes that you may spend some of your thinking time reflecting upon them. What do they mean to you in your life? What could you learn from them or put into practice in your everyday life? 

Mindful Reflection: Simply circle ‘yes’ or ‘no’ if you reflected that day. 

Act of Kindness: Be sure to record what kind deed or word you put out into the universe for the day!

Gratitude: List 3 things that you are grateful for that day. If it’s one of those days it can be as simple as ‘I’m grateful I woke up  today.’

Happiness Level: Circle a number from 0-10 that represents your overall happiness level for the day. Remember that circling ‘0’ does not necessarily mean you were depressed or sad, but maybe just devoid of any happiness. Think of ‘0’ as neutral and ’10’ as finding out you won the lottery. 

After downloading the Happiness Challenge Record Book, you can plot your numbers on the  scale and visually see your happiness increase each week!

Here is a list of kind deeds for you to implement:

  • Give up your seat 
  • Hold a door open for someone 
  • Give a (sincere) compliment 
  • Make someone laugh 
  • Give someone a hug 
  • Take time to really listen to someone 
  • Make someone new feel welcome 
  • Give directions to someone who's lost 
  • Have a conversation with a stranger 
  • Pick up litter as you walk 
  • Tell someone they mean a lot to you 
  • Let someone have your parking spot 
  • Read a story with a child 
  • Offer your change to someone struggling to find the right amount 
  • Treat a loved one to breakfast in bed 
  • Offer to help with someone's shopping 
  • Tell someone if you notice they're doing a good job 
  • Pass on a book you've enjoyed 
  • Say sorry (you know who to) 
  • Forgive someone for what they've done 
  • Visit a sick friend, relative or neighbor 
  • Buy an unexpected gift for someone 
  • Bake something for a neighbor 
  • Do a chore that you don't normally do 
  • Help out someone in need 
  • Offer to look after a friend's children 
  • Offer to mow your neighbor's lawn 
  • Donate your old things to charity 
  • Give food to a homeless person and  take time to talk with them 
  • Visit someone who may be lonely 
  • Give blood 
  • Get back in contact with someone you've lost touch with 
  • Organize a fundraising event 
  • Pay for the person behind you (toll, coffee, fast food,…)
  • Put a coin in an expired meter
  • Every time you buy a new clothing item, donate something
  • Send flowers to someone
  • While driving, let someone out/merge into your lane
  • Bake some healthy treats to bring in to work
  • Leave an extra generous tip
  • See what donations are needed at a local pet or women’s shelter
  • Invite someone over for dinner
  • Treat a friend to the movies or coffee
  •  Create motivational quote cards to leave in places
  • Sign up for a charity 5k
  • Ask for donations to your favorite charity instead of birthday/anniversary gifts
  • Text someone a motivational quote, funny joke, anything to show you are thinking of them
  • Call your parents and tell them you love them

  • Many things on my list were inspired by this Huffington post article I found during my research, its a quick and good read.

    For those of you interested in watching the documentary Happy, its on instant stream for just 2.99. OR if you have an Amazon prime subscription its completely free.

    GOOD LUCK! Let me know how the challenge goes for you in the comment section below. I'm interested in your feedback!

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