- Create a “week in review” playlist by adding one new song each day of the week that sums up how that day went for you. Repeat this process each week.
- Using your calendar function you can either add descriptive words that summarize your day, or rate your enjoyment of tasks once completed.
- You can also text yourself descriptive words, or even just a smiley face, when good things happen through out your day.
- Or you can take pictures through out your day or week to document your highs and lows.
- Create a journal for yourself through email. Take a minute each day to type out a few sentences describing your day and then email them to yourself; this can be done at work or home, or if you have email on your cell phone while waiting in line, sitting in a waiting room, on your lunch break, basically anywhere. Next, create a specific folder dedicated to Journaling in your email account so they don’t get lost, or clog up your inbox.
- Record MP3’s of your thoughts
- Create picture journals by adding favorite photo’s into your favorite’s on Flickr
- Create an Excel Spreadsheet tracking descriptive words for each day
- Your toolbox can be literal or figurative as long as you can easily access it
- Add Variety to your toolbox
- Think of your toolbox as a living thing, allow it to grow and evolve over time
- Toolboxes and toolbox use are not black and white assignment
- Figure out who you are going to include in your project and how much focus you want to put on each person. For example, if you are in a relationship, maybe it’s just your partner you want to focus on, or maybe you want to pick a different person for each day of the month. Totally up to you, but it’s easier to have a plan up front.
- Next start creating a list (mental or hard copy) of the things you appreciate, love, respect, cherish, make you giggle, rely on, take for granted about the person or people you’ve selected. Remember April has 30 days so if you are focusing on your partner, you want to have 30 things in your list.
- Then figure out how you’d like to communicate these things with the people you’ve selected. It could be with daily emails, text messages, hand written notes, little presents or treats that represent your specific feelings.
Like maybe you want to give your partner or friend a role of Life Savers candy because they saved your life, or project in some way. Maybe there are some cute songs (like “My Life Would Suck Without You” by the cast of Glee) that you can burn or gift through iTunes. Or maybe you either print out or create the month of April from a calendar and then each day, write a new thing.
It’s up to you how you present the info, but it will be easier to complete this challenge if you have a plan ahead of time. You can even use some of the planning time to purchase some materials, or save a few draft emails, what ever you need to make the next 30 days easier.
But have fun with this part. Get creative. Trust the process and know that it will get easier and more fun the more you do it.Then, on April 1st begin your project!
- Spend a just a few minutes each day telling the people in your life how important they are to you, how much you appreciate them, how much they make you laugh or keep you on track.
- Do this for all 30 days in April! It’s only 30 days, you can do it.
- Along the way, notice the differences this “challenge” is bringing into your relationships and self. We get what we put out, so even though this challenge is based around giving to other people it will be impossible for you not to start feeling more loved, appreciated, happy, and hopeful along the way!
- Maybe it’s something you do once a quarter with your family, maybe it replaces Christmas or Birthday presents this year, maybe showing appreciating and love becomes a weekly task for you…. doesn’t matter how you do it, it just matters that you do it, and that it fits for you.
“Gratitude is extremely important to happiness, and keeping a ‘gratitude journal’ is an often-recommended exercise, but my gratitude journal never had much effect on me. I just found it annoying, and my journal was very dull. On this charming site, Thxthxthx, however, the writer manages to be very funny and engaging — and also show genuine gratitude.”Gratitude is an extremely important component of happiness, however there are countless ways track and acknowledge gratitude and a journal is just one of them. Creating happiness in your life comes from hearing suggestions, like adding gratitude into your day, and finding a way to make it work for you. Instead of a journal maybe you….
- Send yourself or your love ones emails about the things you appreciate
- Place post-it reminders around your house
- Use your egg timer to spend just 1 minute a day making a mental list of the things you are grateful for
- Set reminders in your cell phone to stop and be grateful 2,3, or 4 times a day
- Create a “appreciation jar”- you and your family write down 1-3 things you are grateful for each day and place into the jar that you read together once a week
- Create some sort of an “appreciation challenge” with your partner or kids to see who can come up with the most things to be grateful for
- Use a chalk or white board to track your appreciation
- Pick one thing you are grateful for each day and then just count how many places you encounter it through out your day
- Text yourself a G, each time you feel grateful