Last month, in honor of the launch of Happy Mamas 2015, I spent 30 days inspiring happiness on the Happy Mama Movement Facebook page.
Well, I tried. I mean that was my initial goal: thirty days, thirty joy tips.
In reality I updated the page about 22 times, got about 17 likes total, and maybe made a mom or two in Malaysia smile (not sure what’s up with the algorithm, but Malaysia loves me on Facebook).
Good enough. Malaysian mamas need joy too.
Regardless, I know that I felt happier just doing the research; reading how to be happy posts, and looking for quotes about joy, and smiling at chubby panda babies and hilarious Shaquille O’Neil gifs because “it’s my job” was a pretty fulfilling way to spend a month.
My joy tank is full, I have all sorts of down-in-the-dumps-days remedies, and I’m working through a long list of things I need to do to make sure I don’t lose my happy momentum. Including another challenge!
This month Team Happy Mamas and I are going to do more than sit on our couches and laugh at gifs until our sides hurt tell you about how other people find joy.
We’re getting up and making some joy happen for ourselves and we’d love for you to join us!
Inspired by Pop Sugar, we’ve committed to taking the 30 Day No-Fail Happiness Challenge.
Here’s how it works in a nutshell.
Each day for the first 5 they give you a new task and then you just repeat them daily until the end of the month.
Day One: Name 3 new things you are grateful for when you first wake up. Continue for 29 more days.
Day Two: Write down one meaningful thing that happened to you in the last 24 hours. Continue for 28 more days.
Day Three: Reach out to someone you know and praise them. Continue for the next 27 days.
Day Four: Start doing cardio for at least 15 minutes a day. Continue for the next 26 days.
Day Five: Start meditating for at least 5 minutes a day. Continue for the next 25 days.
I love that it inspires you to wake up on a positive note, that it highlights the importance of finding meaning in life, that it encourages you to spread joy and praise around to others, that it reminds you of the need for healthy movement, and that it places significance on silence and reflection.
I started the challenge 3 days ago and I’ve learned so much about how you can find joy before you really even get out of the bed.
5 Things That Bring Me Joy First Thing in the Morning
1. When my kid gets up to his alarm clock without me having to get up to his alarm clock.
2. When my kid gets out of the shower in the morning without me having to get out of bed to go beat on the door to tell him to get out of the shower.
3. When my kid gets dressed without me having to get out of the bed to help him find clean socks. And underwear. And a shirt that matches. And pants because IT’S SNOWING, FOOL!
4. When my kid brushes his teeth without me having to get out of the bed, run to the door, and yell up the street, “DID YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH?!”
5. Not having to get up really at all.
By the time 8am rolls around each day I’m already feeling pretty joyfully fantastic.
Thank you Pop Sugar challenge!
If you’re interested in joining us and you happen to be the proud owner of a printer that’s NOT possessed by Satan, Happy Mama Sharon created this handy happiness challenge printable you can download to help you track your progress and maintain accountability.
If you’d like more inspiration, pop over to Happy Mama Krystyn’s page to see how the rest of the team is finding joy in February.