is it just me, or does this time of year bring out all sorts of emotions? excitement, joy + gratitude are often mixed with stress + yes, sometimes sadness. running to + from amidst the holiday hooplah can be overwhelming - and then add to that trying to stay on top of your goals! (cue eyeroll) "goals...what goals?" you might say.
what if I told you that achieving your goals is directly correlated to one thing: your happiness.
the science of happiness is fascinating because literally almost everything in our lives is tied to the level of joy you experience: health, relationships, finances, career, generosity, lifespan...pretty much everything. and what if i told you that only 10% of your happiness is determined by circumstance, but a whoppin' 40% is based on your thoughts, actions, behaviors + habits?? (the other 50% is genetically determined so you can totally blame your parents for that part.)
so we're gonna do what goal getters do best: take action.
join me for the next 21 days as we literally get more HAPPY. each day for 21 days i promise to inspire you + give you ONE (just 1) thing to think about, post + ponder your way to more joy in your life. who's ready for the #21days2change happiness challenge?
FOLLOW me on instagram + facebook for the #21days2change happiness challenge for your daily dose of inspiration.
COMMIT to more HAPPY now by commenting below telling me “i'm in!”
POST the above image on instagram, TAG me (@fitbook) + friends who you want to join in and share with this caption:
“I'm committing to the #21days2change 😃 happiness challenge with @fitbook! wanna join me? getfitbook.com/happy ❤️”
who’s ready to think HAPPY thoughts? it’s simple.
- FIND the date below for each day’s challenge.
- READ the happy little blurb.
- POST the pic of the day on instagram or facebook.
TAG @fitbook on instagram.
HASHTAG #21days2change happiness challenge + share your joy!
BONUS points if you tag friends + spread the happy.
then check back daily for your next challenge _ and not only did i create this challenge FOR you…but i'm going to be doing it right along WITH you with morning posts to inspire you!
from my HAPPY heart to yours,
p.s. read each day below to get started + at the very end is a list of happy resources for your perusing pleasure! you're welcome.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
DAY 1: people (not things) bring joy. research shows people with friends are happier – the more the merrier. post a pic of you with your best buds that makes you smile + tag ‘em to let ‘em know! tag @fitbook + #21days2change
DAY 2: remember when? recalling happy memories boosts your mood like instantly. post a pic of one of the happiest moments of your entire life + tell us why!
DAY 3: life's tough...and things don't always go as planned. but if you look hard enough, you'll realize that we're given people to get us through the ups + downs. send an ecard to someone for no reason at all - right now! screenshot/post + tell us who/why they mean so much to you.
DAY 4: love others – including yourself. how often do we let someone's opinion affect our self worth? stop! remember: you don't need approval to be wonderful. or worthy of love. go buy yourself a bouquet of flowers + post a pic… because you don't need to wait for someone else to spoil you!
DAY 5: pray. meditate. whatever you wanna call it, but spend time connecting with the Creator. spirituality is linked to higher levels of happiness. post a pic of your fave book, devotional, or well-loved bible!
DAY 6: good morning, sunshine! just 20 minutes in the sunshine gives you your daily dose of vitamin D, which is linked to higher levels of happiness. today's challenge: take a walk in the sunshine, snap a pic + post to share your bright sunshiny day!
DAY 7: can coffee make you happy? yes, actually. (duh) studies find that your morning cuppa joe is an insta-mood booster. what do you do to start each day off on a happy note? post a pic of your morning ritual! whether it's journaling with your java or breakfast in bed, we wanna see!
DAY 8: grateful people are happy people. studies show that those who reflect on gratitude daily are literally happier + healthier! take a moment today to write a thank you note to someone/anyone + mail it. snap a pic of your handwritten note (um hide addresses when posting, people!) + when you post, challenge your friends to write one too!
DAY 9: exercise creates feel-good endorphins that make you happy! snap a pic of your sweat sesh today + share what workout you love most.
DAY 10: what do you love about your work? no, not all jobs are easy - but find one thing that you know you do well. people who find joy in their work report higher levels of happiness. post a pic of what you do that you LOVE about your work!
DAY 11: journaling gratitude boosts happiness. research shows doing this daily leads to higher levels of happiness – and health. jot down 3 things you're grateful for + snap a pic to share! if your 3 things includes someone, tag them to make sure they know!
DAY 12: what’s cookin’, good lookin’? cooking is a creative expression + a healthy method of self-care. post a pic of your food prep for the week so you have good-for-you meals on hand all week!
DAY 13: hey, goal getter! what one goal have you seriously crushed? post a pic that shows you achieving something you're really proud of.
DAY 14: living a balanced life is a pivotal part of being happy. all or nothing isn't sustainable in any area of your life. weigh in: how do you bring balance to your life? post a pic of how you measure moments of joy.
DAY 15: happiness is a choice - not a feeling. did you know that literally spending 5 minutes per day journaling is linked to higher levels of happiness? snap a pic of your daily doodles today!
DAY 16: little ones bring serious amounts of joy. whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle - or even honorary family to your friend's kids, post a pic of a wee one that makes you smile!
DAY 17: who doesn't smile when they see puppies? whatever furry critter has your heart, research shows that people with pets are happier + healthier! post a pic of your fur baby - or if you don't have one, post a pic of a pet that makes you smile!
DAY 18: "wherever you go, there you are." rather than run away from problems - race toward new adventures! where have you always wanted to go? think of a trip you'd like to take in the next 6 months. post a pic that represents a new place you'd like to visit + tell us why this adventure excites you!
DAY 19: spoil thyself. buying stuff might not make you happy, but retail therapy (in moderation) is a healthy way of rewarding yourself for achieving goals. who else has been saving their pennies for black friday? post a pic of something special you're gonna buy for yourself or someone you love on the biggest shopping day of the year!
DAY 20: pay it forward. random acts of kindness actually bring the giver just as much happiness as those they bless! buy someone a cup of coffee today, tag a friend to challenge them to do the same + snap a pic of your fave coffee mug.
DAY 21: what is your happy hour? the gym? a glass of vino with friends? quiet time reading? getting an extra hour of shut-eye? whatever it is, know that YOU are the one who determines what makes you happy. snap a pic that represents #thisismyhappyhour for YOU!
HAPPY RESOURCES to bring you more joy: