International Day of Happiness 2016

Happy International Day of Happiness to you! Since 2o March was declared International Day of Happiness in 2012 by the United Nations, I have celebrated the occasion by creating a set of free printables for you to spread joy with. And this year is no exception!

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These mini postcards are perfect for writing on cheery messages and leaving in random places for strangers to find and be uplifted by. I’m away this weekend so will be scribbling messages on the back of the cards and leaving them in a variety of public places across the country. I won’t see the reaction on the faces of the people who find the cards but I can imagine them smiling at it and my message.

Download Day of Happiness 2016 mini cards*

So, all you need to do is click on the link to download the pdf, print it on (recycled) card, chop them up and away you go! If you snap a pic of wherever you stash your cards do link me up on Instagram so I can see too, I’m @thegreengable.

*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!

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I can really feel the seasons changing, can’t you? It makes me want to try to capture this small window of time when we’ve got one foot in each season, before we’ve full moved into Spring (or Autumn depending on where you are in the world).

So, here’s how some of you lovely folk have been #SavouringHappiness this week. It’s really easy to join in, simply post a photo on Instagram of something that made you smile with #SavouringHappiness and freeze frame that happy moment forever more.

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@sim.plethings  @charlottle.berridge_studios
@hollybobbs  @ohhmermaidtittiez  @ingridesign

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A Happy Post Day every month is guaranteed with the cheeriest stationery subscription box. The Happy Paper Club March box is now available to order.

Each month’s box includes a range of goodies such as notebooks, note pads, cards, stickers, inspiring quotes as well as surprise treats.

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What moments made you smile this week? Perhaps you had a drink with an old friend. Maybe your little one sang you a song that made you giggle. Or the sun shone and you felt like Spring is finally on its way.

A stand out moment for me this week has been watching lambs in the field at the end of my garden. They bounce about for no other reason than they enjoy it and that makes me smile, grin and laugh out loud. They’ve no idea I’m watching them or that they give me such joy and yet they do.

It’s these moments, these brief happenings or observations that could easily be dismissed and forgotten, that by being aware of them, and savouring them, we turn into positive memories. And in those few seconds or minutes we are aware of the happy feelings we’re experiencing. By keeping an eye out for more of these kinds of moments we increase the chances of them happening, and of increasing our happiness. It may seem like a small thing but savouring really can have a big impact on our wellbeing.

So, here are a few of the photos being shared on Instagram with #SavouringHappiness this week, I’d love for you to join in posting your own pics…

Savouring-happiness-pics-26Feb16@laurasidestreet  @melindagold_  @littlemaldod
@hymast  @irusai9
@laurakatherine_x  @xxbirdhouse  @mishie1967

If you’re finding it hard to spot good moments in your day, or you’re feeling life’s getting on top of you and your happiness has taken a back seat, there is something you can do to change that. You have the power within you to live a happier life, to feel the joy you want and deserve to feel. In my e-course, Choosing Happiness, I share learnings, experiences, strategies, actions and tools that will enable you to increase your happiness. Take a look here at the course details, it runs for four weeks from Monday 29 February and you can join now. You can live the happy life you want and deserve.

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What can have the greatest positive impact on your happiness?

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There are several ways to increase your positive emotions and feel happier in your life, as explored and tested by positive psychologists and researchers. I’ve read a lot of books on the subject, tried out many of the ideas myself and boosted my happiness in the process.

If I were to suggest only one step to take (several would be much better but let’s stick with one for the moment) to have an impact on your wellbeing and the happiness, what would it be? Gratitude.

More and more research is backing up Robert Emmons and Mike McCullough’s original study which found that a gratitude practice – writing down three things you’re grateful for each day for 21 consecutive days – increases your happiness.

And it’s so simple to do. It costs no money – you can use any old notebook or the Notes app on your phone to write your three things – and takes very little time. And yet the benefits, particularly when combined with other key positive strategies and actions, are significant. As well as increasing your own happiness, which spreads to others, it’s also shown to lower blood pressure and boost your immune system.

To create a gratitude practice all you need to do is write three down things at the end of each day that you feel thankful for, that you’re glad about. They don’t need to be big, it can be as simple as noticing a tree in bud, five minutes peace with a cuppa, someone holding the door open for you, or your train arriving on time. However difficult your day is, whatever life has thrown at you there really will be three things you can think of that were good about your day. It will only take one or two minutes so you don’t need to set aside a chunk of time for it.

Make it easy for yourself to turn your gratitude practice into a habit by putting your notebook somewhere you’ll pick up every day. It could be by the tea bags so you write your three things while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. Or on your bedside table so you write them when you get into bed.

The crucial point is to make it a habit which means writing your three gratitudes every day for at least 21 consecutive days. It’s called a gratitude practice for a reason, you need to do it every day for it to become part of your life and to have the significant impact on your wellbeing and happiness. You’ll find as time goes on you become more aware of what you feel grateful for as you go about your daily business, you looking out for what you can write that night.

Gratitude practice is powerful. Along with several other key actions it can have a significant impact on your life. Give it a go, you’ll be glad you did.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can reduce your stress, increase your happiness and live a more joyful life, join me on the Choosing Happiness e-course. You can read the course details, watch a short video of me talking about the course and enrol here. Class begins Monday 29 February and I’d love to help you create the happy life you want and deserve.

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