The 7 Day Happiness Challenge
Most of us want to be happier and live more meaningful lives, I created this 7 day happiness challenge, to not only help you but also to challenge myself, to start appreciating life and feel happier.
Day One – Smile
Smile at every person you meet. There was a study done in Cardiff in 2009, on a group of women, whom had temporary lost the ability to frown, they reported that smiling all the time made them feel happier in general. Wear your smile all day, it will make you and those around you feel happier.
Day Two – Practice Forgiveness
Forgiveness is very powerful! It heals our hearts and souls,
We forgive not because we are weak, but because we are strong enough to understand that the more we hold on to grudges and resentments, the more we pollute our minds, our hearts, and our lives.
On this day, see if you can practice forgiveness, not only towards those who might have harmed you but also towards yourself, for the things you might have done, consciously or unconsciously, to hurt or harm, not only yourself but those around you as well.
Let go of anger, bitterness, hate or resentment as much as you can. Allow love to govern your mind, your heart and your life and allow peace to come to the surface once again.
Day Three – Avoid and Let go of Pointless Drama
We hold on to some excess baggage, things that cause us stress, unhappiness and anxiety. We need to learn to detach and let them all go. For some reason, we believe our happiness comes from holding on to toxic relationships, thoughts, things and experiences.
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” ― Deborah Reber
On this day, you will work on letting go of all the pointless drama, toxic relationships, thoughts and behaviors that are present in your life. On this day you will learn to shift your focus from the bad on to the good.
Day Four – Have an Attitude of Gratitude
“Gratitude is the key to happiness. When gratitude is practiced regularly and from the heart, it leads to a richer, fuller and more complete life… It is impossible to bring more abundance into your life if you are feeling ungrateful about what you already have. Why? Because the thoughts and feelings you emit as you feel ungrateful are negative emotions and they will attract more of those feelings and events into your life.” ~ Vishen Lakhiani
On this day, you will embrace an attitude of gratitude, you will say an honest “thank you” for all the beautiful experiences, things and people that are making your life a lot more meaningful and joyful.
Day Five – A Complaint Free Day
“Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day, it ruins the complainer’s day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.” Dennis Prager
On this day you will give up the need to complaint, instead you will focus on the things that make you feel good, you will go 24 hours without complaining.
Day Six – Practice Self Love
On this day, you will act in kind and loving ways towards yourself and you will treat yourself just as you will treat your own best friend. You will work on building the relationship you have with yourself and you will give yourself permission to be whoever you want to be without placing any harsh labels or judgments on yourself. On this day you will treat yourself with much love and acceptance.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
Day Seven – Practice Random Acts of Kindness
On this day you will practice giving without expecting anything in return. It an be paying for the person behind you in a drive-thru or at a Starbucks, giving free hugs, sending a card or flowers to someone going through a hard time. It can be leaving a note on someone’s desk, it doesn’t matter how big or small the gift is as long as you are giving it from the heart.
Giving is receiving, it really is, and the more we give to others, the more that we will receive ourselves.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the new roots spring up and make new trees.: – Amelia Earhart
You see, happiness is not so hard to achieve.
By giving yourself permission to practice these things for 7 days, not only will you become a lot happier, but you will also become more disciplined and focus on building other new positive habits in different areas of your life.
After you have completed your 7 days, your conscious mind will have the choice of stopping or carrying on with these healthy and positive practice or at least that’s what it thinks. Your neural pathways have formed already and chances are that you will continue with the new healthy habits. You have seen the benefits along the way and your unconscious mind will want to continue if it has been beneficial. After the 7 Day Happiness Challenge, you can pick some of your favorite things from this list and continue for 7 more days, to make it a total of 14 days… Your 14-day happiness challenge. Use your imagination and just have fun with it
“Remembering that you are going to die one day is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. Follow your heart.” ~ Steve Jobs