Happiness is… vol. 21

Hello there! I’m guessing the lighter evenings (although not the lost hour in bed) because of changing to British Summer Time is making the Brit readers among you happy! The day being lighter for longer is one of my most favourite things about spring and summer. And the days are just going to keep getting lighter, until 21 June anyway!

So, what else has lifted your heart in the last week? Here’s a few things that made me smile:

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:: Fresh flowers in the studio definitely helps lift my mood when I’m wading through my to do list
:: For the first time in a while the kitchen table was completely clear of stuff! Not sure how long that will last…
:: I love running my Happy Post Day giveaways, there’s so much love for paper and snail mail out there!
:: After an inspiring weekend I’ve kept my engraved bamboo star from Clara & Macy close by
:: A sunny walk home meant I got to see lots of lambs bouncing around and racing each other up and down a stretch of field

What moments made you smile last week? It could be a handful of tiny moments that added up to a warm, happy 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 twitterinstagram or facebook.

PS There are only two days until the next Happy Paper Club box is available to order and subscribe to on Wednesday 1 April! The first box sold out within 90 minutes so if you want to join make sure you’re signed up to the newsletter so you’re the first to find out when the boxes are available. Check out this post to see what was in the first box.

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You’re kinder than you think

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It’s true that carrying out acts of kindness makes you feel better as well as lifting the spirits of the recipient of your kindness. But if you’re thinking that the phrase ‘acts of kindness’ refers to big and bold actions, think again. The smallest acts, things that you take for granted, can have a big impact on someone. I bet you demonstrate kindness several times a day without realising it. You’re positively impacting on someone else’s happiness and you don’t even know it!

Here are 9 simple acts of kindness, recognise a few?

:: Hold the door for someone
:: Let a car out in front of you
:: Make a cup of tea for a workmate
:: Smile at a stranger
:: Donate unwanted items to charity
:: Pay someone a compliment
:: Post a note to a friend just to say hi
:: Leave a generous tip for great service
:: Let someone go ahead of you at the checkout

Now, you might read this list and think that the first couple are just plain good manners, aren’t they? Maybe, but not everyone thinks to check if someone’s behind them before they let a door shut. Think about when someone holds a door for you, you feel glad that they thought to do so and you’re grateful for it. So that’s how the person feels for whom you did this small act of kindness!

You might think of giving your unwanted clothes, books and kitchenware to a charity shop as helping you to get rid of clutter, but you chose to donate it and help a charity raise funds. You didn’t choose to dump it all in the bin.

So the next time that you hear the phrase ‘acts of kindness’ and think that means making a big gesture, stop and think again. The little acts can make a big impact, and you’re kinder than you think.

PS The next Happy Paper Club box will be available to order and subscribe to on Wednesday 1 April! The first box sold out within 90 minutes so if you want to join make sure you’re signed up to the newsletter so you’re the first to find out when the boxes are available. Check out this post to see what was in the first box.

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Hooray, hooray, win a Happy Post Day!

Yes, it’s that time again, time to send someone a Happy Post Day, purely for the joy of it! Forget boring bills and junk mail, happy post is what you want popping through your letterbox, and that’s where I come in…

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All you need to do for your chance to win a wee bundle of the green gables’ stationery, is leave a comment here or on the Instagram post (or both if you fancy!) before 9am Thursday 26 March and I’ll pick a winner at random after that time. If you’d like to share this post that would be lovely of you, thanks!

PS The next Happy Paper Club box will be available to order and subscribe to on Wednesday 1 April, just one week today! The first box sold out within 90 minutes so if you want to join make sure you’re signed up to the newsletter so you’re the first to find out when the boxes are available. Check out this post to see what was in the first box.

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International Day of Happiness 2015

Today, Friday 20 March, is indeed the International Day of Happiness, as declared by the United Nations no less. I’ve celebrated this day in 2013 and 2014 by giving you free printables to share around and this year is no exception. For your happy-spreading delight I have created a set of eight mini cards – a cheery message on one side and the reverse is blank – for you to download, print as many copies as you like, and share around.

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The cards can be used as they are, perhaps write a message on the back and leave them around your local town to be found by innocent passers-by. Or hole punch one corner, thread on some string and use them as tags. You could tie the cards to flowers and leave on doorsteps or hand out to anyone you meet. Or tie them to a door knob or a bicycle handle. The possibilities are endless!

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I am spending much of this International Day of Happiness travelling so I shall be leaving these little cards in all manner of places – on trains, in shops or cafes – wherever the fancy takes me.

Click here to download your International Day of Happiness 2015 printable mini cards*

Whatever you get up to to celebrate this day and spread some joy I’d love to know! You can leave a comment below or link me up on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

If you’d like more ideas for getting involved and sharing happiness, check out what Action for Happiness and Live Happy are up to.

*As with all my free printables they are for personal use only, not commercial use, please feel free to share this blog post with others and I’d love for you to use recycled paper or card stock when you print, thank you!


Happy Paper Club March box is revealed!

I think most people have received their March Happy Paper Club box by now so I can now reveal its contents! Take a look at this short video…

 

Inside each box for March is:

:: an A5 notebook
:: a set of six postcards with envelopes
:: an A6 note pad
:: a set of eight Make Me cards, exclusive to Happy Paper Club
:: an uplifting quotation mini print
:: a welcome letter from me!

Plus, those who subscribed for six months or took out a monthly subscription also received their membership card with discount code. And subscribers with their birthday in March found a little extra treat in their box too!

If you’ve received your box don’t forget to post pics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #happypaperclub. You can find me at @thegreengables on Facebook and @thegreengable on Twitter and Instagram.

If you’d like to receive Happy Post every month you can find out all about Happy Paper Club here. The next boxes will become available on 1 April, I’ve increased the number but as the March box sold out in 90 minutes be sure to grab your box pronto! Sign up to the newsletter below to be the first to know when the boxes are available.

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