While we wanted to create an easy, affordable course, there are of course ways you can dive deeper into your happiness experience. The more intense your engagement, the more likely you are to have a significant impact on your daily levels of joy. Do as much or little as you like, we are simply here to guide and share.
8 Success Strategies for the 21 Days to Happiness Challenge:
1. Name it! Announce that you are taking the challenge, and committing to your Happiness! You don’t have to say you are unhappy, as you don’t have to be. We all need to practice these habits, no matter where on the scale. Making it public makes us more accountable and shows it is real!
2. Consider doing it with a friend, as if we have a partner in it with us, we are more likely to achieve our goals. Not only that, it is fun and builds stronger bonds! Create your own Whatsapp group or Text Team, and share the messages, images, and thoughts daily.
3. Join our Facebook group and get active in it. We can’t improve happiness unless we connect with others and practice the habits of happiness. Consider it a way to give back to others, as you never know how you might inspire someone else. Share your strategies, successes, and challenges. Click here to request access.
4. Sign-up an unhappy person! Do you have an unhappy person in your life that is interfering with your own happiness? Consider this the Ultimate 21 Days to Happiness Challenge. Get them signed-up for the course, and engage with them. See if you can make your happiness rub off on them, as opposed to the other way around!
5. Reward Yourself! Consider this: We are motivated by rewards. Take another few minutes (even 10!) and think about how great you will feel with a happier life. Really FEEL IT. And congratulate yourself on the intention to improve it. Now think about how you might reward yourself above and beyond greater happiness- is there something you can give yourself when you finish the course? A treat? Consider rewarding yourself in a way that inspires you.
6. Un-reward yourself! On the flip side of that, we also get inspired by ‘punishments’. While we aren’t a big fan of this motivation, it really works for some people! So consider doing something like donating $5, $10, $25, or $100 for every lesson you miss to your favorite (or least favorite) charity. The amount and place is up to you, the idea is it needs to hurt a little. Again, there is not a one size fits all method for this, so do what feels right to you. (of course, feel free to consider giving to Hopeful Minds! 😊
7. Write, write, and write some more! Practice the daily habit of gratitude, and journal about it, really helps embed the habit in your emotional center. We have made it easy for you by creating a Happiness Journal you can print from your computer. Take notes throughout the course. Write down your Happiness score, make notes about how practicing the skills impact your relationships, and document any specific learning or valuable insights along the way.
8. Consider doing a vision board for what a Happier Life would look like to you. Get some of your favorite magazines (or print photos from the computer, can be of yourself, family, pets, places, things, etc.). And focus not on the ‘what’, but on the what they make you ‘feel’. Then cut them out and put them on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper, or get a big poster board and make a fun day of it. Or you can pin them on a cork board. Do what works and feels right to you. And then when you need a boost, look at that board or image and remember why you are practicing your daily habits.
Have a tip of your own? Please share with us, so we can share with others! Our moods are improved when we work together.
I do hope this helps make your Happiness Challenge more successful! Learning to be in the present, and enjoying it, has been a journey for me and I would not have made such a major shift in my life without the best mentors and my insatiable desire to read and learn. I’m excited you are taking the journey too, in a much-condensed way, and wish you a happy road ahead.
In Happiness and Health,
Chief Mood Officer
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