Choose to be happy

kikki k happiness book

My friend The Wellness Mummy recently wrote a blog post about the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. I couldn’t have agreed with her more, it’s such an awesome thing to do as part of your bedtime routine – to sit and think about all the good things that happened that day so you can write down what you’re grateful for. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for over a year now. I actually found a five year journal where each date (i.e. 18th of March) has five entries for five years of thoughts. I’ve now crossed over into my second year and reading what I was grateful for a year ago really puts it into perspective! A year ago I was thankful for my toddler sleeping better and here I am with a newborn!

The point of this post however is to let fellow readers know of an awesome little thing I spotted at Kikki.K today – the Happiness Journal, which I believe ties in with Gretchen Ruben’s “The Happiness Project“. Along with other gratitude style journals, the Happiness Journal focuses more on, well, keeping you happy! Kikki.K are actually running in-store workshops on how to use the Happiness Journal. How great is that? It would be such a fun project to do with a friend or take a ‘not so happy’ friend along to. I had a browse through the book and it uses each month to focus on things you’re going to do or change to make yourself happy.

If you don’t think you need to work on your happiness as such, keeping a daily gratitude journal is another awesome way to leave the day on a good note. This is the five year journal I used, but there are a few more out there!

five year journal

I love all the projects becoming dedicated to happiness. Personally, I am a big believer that we can choose to be happy. It’s the ‘glass half full’ idea. It’s not just me that thinks it – apparently it’s a scientific fact – read this article about it!

So what are you grateful or happy about today?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hattie says:

    Oh this sounds like SUCH a lovely idea. Unfortunately, I’ve made keeping a journal of ANY kind a new year’s resolution almost every January since I was 12 and failed every time… Perhaps I can just focus on consciously thinking happy/grateful thoughts?

  2. Nicolie says:

    Great post thank you for sharing.

  3. Amy says:

    Great post Kat! Right now I am grateful for the inspiring and motivating world of bloggers like yourself out there – makes a bout of 2am insomnia feel positive and productive 🙂 I too started a gratitude project many years ago – actually whilst I was working at Linc! I believe it’s a very healthy thing at the end of the day (especially if it’s been a hard one) to restore positivity and gratitude for your life and all that you have, and it allows you to have a more realistic perspective of the world and what is (and isn’t) important. I really want to do a 5 year journal now – thanks for sharing!

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