Happiness is… vol. 17

How was your week? Whizzed by in a bit of a blur? I bet there were several things that were pretty top-notch about your week, but can you remember them a few days later? Taking a moment at the end of each day to jot down three things that were good about your day not only helps improve your mood long-term, it also helps you remember the good stuff in the short-term!

Here’s a handful of what had me smiling last week…

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:: the little stick people I sketched to illustrate the point that your happy mood has a positive impact on someone three people away from you seemed to tickle and hit home with some of you!
:: we’ve had a few sunny days, hooray! I was most intrigued by this cloud formation that looks a bit like a cyclone funnel sliced in half…
:: I had several little chunks of time to sit and read. Oprah Winfrey’s book, What I Know For Sure, is a collection of her magazine columns and makes for great, thought-provoking reading
:: I asked you to nominate someone who could do with a little mood boost in the form of a Happy Post Day giveaway and I loved the response! You’re a kind and generous bunch, you lovely people
:: my new food processor was delivered (yay for finding forgotten birthday gift vouchers!) so I’ve been having a play and will be trying out some Deliciously Ella recipes very soon

Take a moment to think about the highlights of last week, recalling happy memories has been proven to make you feel happier in the present. Whatever it was that made you smile I’d love you to share them with me in a comment below, or link me up on twitterinstagram or facebook.

PS Happy Paper Club launches in less than a week – on Sunday 1 March! Go to the website to check out all the details.

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The three degrees of happiness separation

I’m hugely interested in the field of positive psychology and I read something a while ago that I find so incredible I have to share it! (I have already mentioned this on facebook but now I’ve drawn stick people to illustrate it!)

happy-stick-peopleResearch has shown that your good mood can make someone three degrees away from you, someone you’ve never even met, feel happier. So, your cheeriness doesn’t just make the workmate you sit next to feel good, and not just your workmate’s husband, but also your workmate’s husband’s friend!

And there’s more. Social scientists, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, estimate that there are nearly 1,000 people within three degrees of ourselves. This means that your good mood can have a positive effect on up to 1,000 people, and you’ve never met most of them!

Pretty amazing, right? I learned this from one of my favourite happiness psychology experts, Shawn Achor. I’ve read both of his books, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, and can really recommend them if you’re interested in this topic. A quick read that’s worth checking out also is Science of Happiness by Manuel Kraus. I’ve no affiliation, this isn’t a sponsored post of any kind, I just find it all fascinating!

So next time you’re running yourself ragged trying to make everyone else happy, just remember that by making your own happiness a priority you’re doing another 1,000 people a favour.


Who’s in need of a Happy Post Day?

Some days you just need a small moment of joy to turn a rubbish day into a half-decent one. 17 Feb is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and while it’s not very random as I do it every few weeks, I’ve giving away a Happy Post Day! This time I want to send a wee bundle of the green gables’ stationery to someone you think could do with cheering up.

Letterbox-karma-sample-stationery-22Let me know who you think would benefit from a Happy Post Day by leaving a comment below. You can also enter on my instagram pic (you’re already here but you might want to have a nosy over there too). I’ll pick a winner after midday GMT on Wednesday 18 February so lots of luck! If you’d like to share this post with your buddies on social media that would be jolly lovely of you too.

Take a look at and download the free printable postcards I created for World Kindness Day and the International Day of Happiness if you’d like to have a go at your own Random Acts of Kindness!

Printable-postcardsPS There are only 12 days until Happy Paper Club is open for business and you can join! Find out all about it on the website or you can read the blog post here.

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Happiness is… vol. 16

Happiness is… a cute puppy! A new puppy has joined my extended family and she is such a cutie! And such a bouncy bundle of unbridled joy. Puppies have an easy life, everything’s provided for them, but they know how to live in the moment – sniffing leaves is fascinating, bumping into stuff makes life more interesting and rubbing their tummies makes them utterly happy! I think I could probably learn a thing or two from 13-week-old Freya.

So, as well as the fluffy ball of cuteness, a few other things made me happy last week…

Happiness-is-16:: a lovely sunset out of my studio window
:: while packing a gazillion Valentine’s orders Clara and I stopped for a moment when we noticed three deer on the grass outside our window!
:: a lovely friend told me a lovely thing for no reason other than to be lovely
:: the knowledge that people all over the country are planning lots of different fun ways to spend time together, with a little bit of help from me
:: celebrating a birthday and having much fun with family

What got you beaming last week? It could be a handful of teeny moments that added up to a warm, fuzzy feeling, whatever it was that made you smile I’d love you to share them with me in a comment below, or link me up on twitter, instagram or facebook.

PS Did you catch my post all about the very exciting Happy Paper Club? You can read the post here or go to the website to check out all the details.

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Happiness is… vol. 15

My last week (and this) has been ALL about Valentine’s Day orders – you’re a romantic bunch out there! So, as well as making up and posting off lots of lovely Date Jars, Treasure Hunts, cards, gift wrap… here’s what else has made me happy…

Happiness-is-15:: tea and biscuits, especially in my new Rob Ryan mug
:: we picked up our new-to-us car, is it just me who finds it enormous fun to find out what every button and dial does?
:: after leaving it far too long I got my hair cut, I can see out of my fringe again!
:: a rare sunshiney walk with the hubbie and dog, makes a welcome change from grey skies and icy winds
:: stumbling upon the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee, just as the first episode started

What made you smile last week? Whether they were big, special moments, or small, ordinary but happy-making moments I’d love you to share them with me in a comment below, or link me up on twitter, instagram or facebook.

PS Did you catch my post all about the very exciting Happy Paper Club? You can read the post here or go to the website to check out all the details.

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