I do my best to choose happy when I can. I know this isn’t always possible and I know that it’s not a choice for many people. I realize how fortunate I am.
In an effort to keep the happy going, many of the Happy Mamas and I have taken POPSUGAR’s 30-Day No-Fail Happiness Challenge. It’s sure to increase endorphins and positivity in my life!
It outlines 5 things that you gradually do to challenge yourself to be happy. One of the happy mamas (of 6) taking the challenge put together a printable to check everything off over the course of the 30 days.
I started the challenge last week! I’ve actually done it every day! The three things I’m grateful for happen at night but are pretty easy to come up with. The meaningful thing hasn’t been too much of a challenge, either. The reaching out and praising is going okay. I’m finding I sort of do it already, but at the same time, if I set out to do it, it’s harder.
The 15 minutes of cardio. I needed that challenge the most. I’ve been on so many courses of exercise (I used to teach aerobics after all), and then I slack off. As of today, I’ve consistently done some cardio for at least 15 minutes. It’s best to have somebody to hold me accountable. Mr. Serious is that person. When we can both exercise together, we do Ripped in 30.
When we can’t, I’ll jump on the elliptical or even go for a walk in the neighborhood. 15 minutes isn’t long at all! I aim for at least 30 minutes, though!
The meditation was the one I was worried about the most. 5 minutes of meditation seems like it would take forever. (I fully realize that 5 minutes is only 5 minutes!). I shouldn’t have doubted myself after I successfully did hypnobirthing! So, I took to amazon and found a nice guided meditation CD. It is now 5 minutes (or more) that I look forward to.
At the end of the day, I get out my handy old school notebook and record it all. It keeps me on track. I added a picture for a little extra inspiration, too.
After over a week of doing it, I think it really has helped me. I find myself not getting upset as easily as I previously had. I find myself looking forward to exercising again and getting myself back on track. I enjoy the meditation time and like that I’m thinking about others even more!
Will you join us in our 30-Day No-Fail Happiness Challenge? Please let me know in the comments or on Facebook. I’m planning on updating for sure and I’d love to here how it goes for you!
Don’t forget to link up this month’s Happy Mama post, too!