7 Things You Need to Start Doing Today To be Happier

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”
 – Buddha

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

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38 Comments

  • Evelyn Hernandez

    Posted 2018-10-11 10:32 am

    check

  • Jessi Joachim

    Posted 2018-10-11 10:35 am

    This seems likw a great challenge!! I think I would feel very revived at rhe end of the 7 days. It is always important to do things to care for yourself

  • Jessica Taylor

    Posted 2018-10-11 10:44 am

    This is a great post! I try to do self care as often as possible, but I’d love to include more random acts of kindness in my days as well!

  • Deserted_Queen

    Posted 2018-10-11 12:59 pm

    We’ve all had moments where it feels hard to stay happy. Whether we experience a layoff, divorce, a breakup, sickness, misunderstandings or just a bad day, trying to reach happiness can often feel like a chore.

  • Amber

    Posted 2018-10-11 2:24 pm

    These are some great tips! I always want to be happier because it takes less energy than being miserable. I do try to always be grateful.

  • Gavin

    Posted 2018-10-11 3:36 pm

    Now this looks like a fun and very worthwhile challenge to complete

  • Papa Jack

    Posted 2018-10-11 6:54 pm

    Happy people tends to complete their life more productive at the end of the day. This dos and donts will definitely help them function well.

  • stacey

    Posted 2018-10-11 8:01 pm

    Good tips. The one I have a problem doing is the drama. Not my drama. My hubby can’t let things go, he has to point out every negative thing he sees. And if I don’t where he goes, he thinks I don’t care.

  • TheSuperMomLife

    Posted 2018-10-11 9:10 pm

    I love this challenge so much! We can all use a little more happy in our days.

  • Brittany Vantrease

    Posted 2018-10-12 11:29 am

    These are great tips! I try to smile at everyone I see and it does lift my mood a little when I do it. It’s important when forgiving people that you really do forgive them. Many people say, “I can forgive them, but I won’t forget” well, that’s not really forgiving, is it?

  • carrie

    Posted 2018-10-12 1:05 pm

    Thanks for this article! Finally a simple plan to start with. There wasn’t one step I can’t fulfil! I’m starting Monday!

  • Ahead of Thyme

    Posted 2018-10-12 1:35 pm

    Great tips! It’s never too late to try and be happier!

  • Rachel

    Posted 2018-10-12 3:05 pm

    A yes for each of these 7 points! I love them and they are so good for people so thanks for the reminder. I think smiling, gratitude and self love are great for the mind. We dont do enough of it!

  • Stacie

    Posted 2018-10-12 5:24 pm

    I have to take this challenge. I’m generally a chipper person, but the past few days, I’ve been less than my happy self. I think this might help me get back on track!

  • Alexandra

    Posted 2018-10-12 9:00 pm

    What a great post! I love this – and I am definitely going to give it a try. I do sometimes struggle to let things go, and so I need to focus on this the most. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Fatima D Torres

    Posted 2018-10-12 9:18 pm

    Forgiveness is tough, but I’m always looking for ways to forgive others for the pain they’ve cause. It’s not for them, but for myself. Thanks for the reminder that I need to throw in more kind deeds.

  • kidneyfornikki

    Posted 2018-10-12 10:23 pm

    This looks like a fun challenge! It’s important to try to be happier even as you try to become a better person!

  • kumamonjeng

    Posted 2018-10-13 5:03 am

    PRACTICE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS is one area that I need to enhance. I wanted to show more kindness to people that I dont know. I think these small gestures will help others and also gain ultimate happiness.

  • Eli, The Partying Traveler

    Posted 2018-10-13 10:21 am

    Definitely going to be trying this out. Could use all the ideas I can to start a happier life!

  • Rikki Ridgeway | MommaMatters.blog

    Posted 2018-10-13 11:36 am

    I have to admit, I have a hard time with letting go of pointless or irrelevant things. What are your best tips and tricks to just “let it go”?

  • Christie Moeller

    Posted 2018-10-13 12:31 pm

    Challenge accepted. I am totally giving this a go and making my hubby do the same!

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    Posted 2018-10-13 5:16 pm

    I’m generally quite a happy person but I think everyone could do with being a little happier every now and again. I’ll definitely be trying these seven things.

  • toastycritic

    Posted 2018-10-13 9:27 pm

    Gratitude is such a big thing when it comes to being happier. Just the acknowledgement of what you do have helps you appreciate so much.

  • Vanessa Delia

    Posted 2018-10-13 10:46 pm

    These are all some really great ideas! Being happy only takes a little bit of work!

  • Preet

    Posted 2018-10-13 10:54 pm

    Definitely needed this today. Thanks you for posting thsi and allowing us to start our day right.

  • Sam

    Posted 2018-10-13 11:31 pm

    This is a great challenge. It’s really important to let go of pointless drama. I also think that practicing both gratitude and self-love are huge keys to happiness.

  • acraftymix

    Posted 2018-10-14 12:38 am

    Isn’t it strange that the things that create happiness inside us, are the small things in life. Not those big materialistic things. Giving to others and ourselves doesn’t take a lot but it makes so much difference in the end

  • where iz my boarding pass

    Posted 2018-10-14 1:49 am

    I just shared this beautiful article. Kindness. I cannot stress on it more. Its so beautifully written! Thankyou for your words! So positive!

  • Catherine Santiago Jose

    Posted 2018-10-14 9:43 am

    These are great tips and I believe that smile can melt a heart of a person.

  • Abigail

    Posted 2018-10-14 2:37 pm

    What a wonderful post, you have Salome great ideas and tips there, of course always easier said than done but good points to remember.

  • ohmummymia

    Posted 2018-10-14 3:32 pm

    I need to try it but I already know that day #1 and #2 will be hard:P

  • Daphne’ Adams

    Posted 2018-10-14 7:47 pm

    Shared on Twitter because everyone should be doing this seven day challenge daily.

  • StephJ

    Posted 2018-10-15 6:57 am

    I love this challenge. Good for you for sending out some good vibes into the world. I love the first one being smile. there is no better way to get started than to start smiling.

  • Dalene Ekirapa

    Posted 2018-10-15 10:10 am

    I’d go with practising forgiveness. That’s the tip I’ll comfortably say has helped me live in a much more positive manner. Since I’m even more happy without bad feelings of grudges.

  • Devyani Ray

    Posted 2018-10-15 1:04 pm

    I am going to try this this week. Bookmarked your page.

  • Kiwi

    Posted 2018-10-15 6:57 pm

    My vibrations rose when I read this. I am seriously going to implement this all this week I promise!

  • Wanda Lopez

    Posted 2018-10-16 12:18 pm

    I can see us all having a wonderful week after trying this excercise. Self love, self care are so important. Specially now-a-days when so many negativity is going on. I’m sure up for a happier life.

  • London Mumma

    Posted 2018-10-17 7:12 am

    I really like the idea of this, taking one day at a time to achieve total happiness.

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