Come on, get happy: A Happiness Challenge

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Personal Development | 18 comments

Are you as happy as you could be? Are you as happy as you want to be? I’m here to spark a little extra happiness in your life every day for the next 30 days.

Choosing to be Happy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, happiness is an inside job. Sometimes happiness comes easy and sometimes not so much. It’s easy to feel happy when life goes your way but what about when things aren’t they way you want them to be. Are you waiting for life to get good to be happy? Just stop that right now! Stop waiting for happiness and make a choice to be happy today.

Happiness is a daily practice. Sometimes happiness is even a little work, but like most things the more we do them, the easier they become.

I became happier in life by choosing happiness each day, and every time I made that choice I found happiness came easier to me- I felt happier without even thinking about it!

What does it mean to choose happiness, really?  It starts with letting happiness in. Are you open to the small moments of joy around you? Do you make a mental note of the many beautiful, inspiring, and amazing things you encounter every day? I encourage you to open your senses to the good things in your world. What do you see, touch, smell, hear? What do you feel? Make note of all the little things that you enjoy. You start by choosing to be happy.

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

The Happiness Challenge

Making a choice to be happy doesn’t always result in immediate happiness, does it? To celebrate my 100th post on Live Love Work I have a happiness challenge for you! I hope you’ll join me in choosing happiness for the next 30 days. Here’s how it works:

Every day make note of something in your life that brings you happiness corresponding to the theme for that day.

This can be a photo challenge or a writing challenge. Snap a picture of your happiness or write a few words about it. However you choose to participate I do hope you’ll share your happiness! I’ll be sharing my happiness on Facebook and Twitter with the tag #liveworkhappy . I’ll get us started:

day 01. sunshineDay 01.   SUNSHINE

30 Days of Happy

Day 01.   SUNSHINE

Day 02.   NATURE

Day 03.   ACTIVITY

Day 04.   REST

Day 05.   SELF-CARE

Day 06.   FRIENDSHIP

Day 07.   LOVE

Day 08.   TECHNOLOGY

Day 09.   MEMORIES

Day 10.   RED

Day 11.   ORANGE

Day 12.   YELLOW

Day 13.   GREEN

Day 14.   BLUE

Day 15.  PURPLE

Day 16.  CELEBRATION

Day 17.   MUSIC

Day 18.   BOOKS

Day 19.   GOALS

Day 20.   ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Day 21.   LEARNING

Day 22.   WORK

Day 23.   PLAY

Day 24.   KEEP IT SIMPLE

Day 25.   LAUGHTER

Day 26.   BALANCE

Day 27.   HEALTH

Day 28.   PROGRESS

Day 29.   ATTITUDE

Day 30.   CHOICE

I love your comments! Will you be joining me for this happiness challenge? Please challenge someone you know to be happier, too!

18 Comments

  1. Hi Chrysta,
    this is exactly what I needed today, a happiness challenge. Why is it so much harder to learn to be happy? I always wondered that and I think the answer is what you pointed out: practice. We never practice it enough!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Mariella!

      Practice is absolutely what it takes for me to be happy in life. Ten years ago my life was quite different, and while I had a positive attitude I honestly wasn’t very happy overall. Happiness came and went, depending on what was going on in my life that day.

      Once I committed myself to living a happy life, including practicing conscious happiness every day, I noticed I started to feel happier, even when things weren’t going my way. I found I don’t have to enjoy everything that happens in my day to be happy. By that I mean things can go wrong and I can still be happy because no matter what happens, outside a major life trauma, there’s always something to be happy about!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. Hi Chrysta,

    It’s been a little while since I’ve been at your blog. First off happy 100 post!

    You are so, so right. Happiness is an inside job, if it wasn’t would we be seening rich an famous people get drugged and found dead in a bathroom? I guess not!

    Curiously for me it wasn’t until my life started getting more difficult and once I had lost some priviledges I took for granted that I started to appreciate what I had more and became to cultivate happiness.

    I can say today, that I have found happiness and I am now even able to teach others to reach for such happiness within themselves.

    Thanks for this great post, Chrysta :)

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Sylvaine! Thanks for coming back to my blog!

      You are so right- if success, fame, or riches caused happiness then celebrities would be a lot happier instead of finding themselves on the cover of tabloids and writing tell-all books.

      It makes a certain kind of sense to me that you found happiness when life became difficult- sometimes it takes a major challenge to spark a change.

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re happy today! My wish for everyone is to find peace and joy in life. :)

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. I did share it as you asked….I shared it with all my readers! Go see (link shared below). I am now off in pursuit of Day 1: Sunshine!

    • Thanks for your awesome share! I’m very excited to follow your progress on this Happiness Challenge. Huzzah!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  4. Sorry I’m late to the challenge.

    Congratulations Chrysta for your 100th post. What an accomplishment my friend and what a wonderful blog you have here. I’m so thrilled you stuck it out where many before you have thrown in the towel.

    I love this happiness challenge. I always start my day thanking God for what I’m grateful for and it always begins with just having another day on this earth. Oh yes, I’m alive, breathing and well. What a true blessing and that definitely makes me happy.

    Thank you Chrysta for helping everyone else discover their inner happiness. It’s truly a blessing.

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      I love your practice for starting every day with gratitude. There’s plenty in life to be unhappy about and just as much that can make us happy if we choose to embrace it!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  5. Hey Chrysta,

    Nice article and congratulations on your 100th post. This a fantastic way to celebrate the awesome achievement.

    Good stuff. Have a great day, Barrie.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Devesh!

      I appreciate the congratulations. Thanks for stopping by!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  6. Congratulations on your 100th post! What an achievement to be happy about, Chrysta! This post is a wonderful way to celebrate… I love the line that “happiness is an inside job.” This is vital. We need to live life inside-out!

    I am glad we connected several months ago; it is great to have your thoughts and insights.

    Thank you! Jon

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Jon!

      I have found if I’m not right with me, then I’m not right with anyone or anything! Living life inside-out is a way of life that has worked well for me.

      I, too, am glad we connected! I really enjoy reading your posts and I learn so much from you. Thanks for being my friend.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  7. Great article and I love your happiness challenge. I would only add that it really is important for each person to invest in a little self-discovery to define what exactly ‘happy’ means to them … because the things, circumstances and environment that make me happy are probably different than what makes you or someone else happy.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Marquita!

      I absolutely agree that happy can mean something different to different people. One of the things I love about photo and writing challenges is they can provide an opportunity to interpret and apply the challenge in a way that works for each of us as individuals.

      The last time I did a gratitude photo challenge I really enjoyed exploring gratitude beyond the more obvious things I usually appreciate. I found all kinds of new things to appreciate as I sought out an image to fit each theme. What fun it was!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  8. Congrats on 100 posts! Your posts and FB/Twitter updates are always a bright spot in my day :)

    This challenge is an awesome idea, and I’ll be keeping your daily themes in mind as I go about my own next 30 days. This would actually make an awesome ebook guide or mini-program!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Cordelia! And thank you for the lovely compliment, too!

      Last time I participated in a gratitude photo challenge I had so much fun. One thing I didn’t expect was how much more grateful I felt when I was actively looking to be grateful for things beyond the obvious. I hope my challenge can inspire similar joys in others!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  9. I love this; this comes at a good time. There was a time when I was too stressed and I am still going through a stressful time, but I make sure to feel happy about something everyday.

    Whether it be a picture, a book or a movie, or just some thing good to eat something that makes me smile and feel content!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Hajra!

      I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a stressful time- boo to that! I’m sure participating in the challenge will lessen your stress at least a little. And hopefully what’s causing your stress will pass soon.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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