I’m a pretty happy and positive person generally, but I can’t be the only one who accidentally takes their life for granted and lets small, silly things get them down without even realising it. So, this year I asked for The Happiness Planner for Christmas in the hopes that it would help me remember and appreciate every moment of what is set to be one of the best years of my life so far. (remember the whole quitting my job to live on a boat with my aussie lover thing?) So January 2nd, I popped my new present in my suitcase and flew off down under.
First off let me say I love the choice of name for this journal. “The Happiness Planner“, far too often we think happiness is this huge looming destination we trudge towards our whole lives, struggling to get to, but no… happiness is created and it’s in every single day. I love that whoever made this journal believes you can plan to be a happier person and wants to encourages us to do that!
It makes you think before you even get to January 1st
There’s ten sections to fill in at the beginning of the journal. First, it asks you to think about your strengths and weaknesses and what you want to focus on this year, then you’re made to record all things you’ve already achieved that you’re proud of. I felt really great after completing these sections and I hadn’t even started the diary yet!
A quote for every day of the year
I hear about positive affirmations being a real game changer in peoples lives, but i’m just not that great at getting up in the morning. Let alone getting up ten minutes earlier to tell myself i’m “cool” and life is “great”. One of the lovely things about this planner is that at the top of every page it has a really awesome quote that gets you thinking. And I mean good ones… none of this ” 2+2 is 4, but 1 + 3 is also 4, more than one path leads to the same place…” WHAT. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN.
Nah, none of that. How about “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.“- Maya Angelou. Super simple nuggets of inspiration that, let’s face it, sometimes you just need to hear.
Pull out sheets to keep close to you
In the front pocket you’ll find pull out sheets to fill in. These are a more permanent reminder of what you ultimately want and you can take some real time filling them in. They ask you to think about your ‘Goals’ (actual goals not HASHTAGGOALS) and ‘bucket list’ among other things. I half filled mine in and then stuck them near my mirror to keep my focused on what I am trying to achieve. Once I tick off a few i’ll write more, that way I can see what i’ve achieved while still pushing myself daily.
Hopes and reflection
Each day there’s a “what I hope for tomorrow” section. Ooh I just love this. It’s the sort of optimistic daydreaming you did as a kid as you fell asleep all snuggled up in bed, thinking about what tomorrow would bring. Equally as lovely is the “reflection” section at the end of each month.Here, you think back on the last 30 days and decide what your happiest moments were, what you struggled with, and how you overcame it.
Time flies by so quickly now, that it’s so easy to completely forget what I did, (think back to January’s happiest moment… it was only a month ago, and it’s almost impossible!?) so having that section to read back on is a great little idea.
All in all this diary is a mood lifting secret weapon to have tucked under your arm. It doesnt matter how crap your day was, you could have spent twelve hours getting screamed at at work by your boss and it’ll still make you dig to find those little pockets of happiness, even if it was just 5 minutes to yourself on the tube with a great book. Everyone should have one of these. We all need a little more happiness in our lives.