Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth.
I love clapping along to Pharrell Williams’ Happy song. It was buzzing on my iPod as I stocked up on office stuff at a popular stationery store last week. On the spur of the moment, I added a happiness workshop to my basket of goodies.
I figured at best I’d learn something new and at ‘worst’ I’d have a laugh.
Yet, my hour of happiness at kikki.K two nights ago was awesome. The store is to stationery what Ikea is to furniture.
In that typical Swedish-way the workshop was simple, practical and super organised; there were no kumbaya moments, although we all had fun.
What’s more, I met a bunch of inspiring people who each shared amazing stories of their happiness moments and habits at work and play.
A woman who chucked in her career for 12 months to travel and do volunteer work shared a happiness moment. I was left gobsmacked by its simplicity when she said: “I got to taste a Portuguese tart in Portugal.”
The right to be happy
I believe we each have the right to be happy, no matter what we’re doing. Yet I was surprised to learn that happiness is something we need to factor in our daily routines.
In other words, we need to be responsible for making ourselves happy each day.
Too often, I’m busy multi-tasking and tend to save up my happiness moments instead of spending them each day.
If you want to create daily happiness, then I’m sure you’ll be interested in my top 10 happiness tips. I’ve stolen them, just as every creative person steals great ideas and turns them into something new.
10 sure-fire ways to happiness
Feel free to steal these kikki.K inspired tips:
- Make a happiness list of stuff that makes you feel good; find things that are free
- Create a list of what doesn’t make you feel happy to help set personal boundaries
- Share your happiness list with others so when you’re bummed, friends can cheer you up
- Keep refreshing your happiness list; what makes you happy now may not in three or even six months time
- Create a happiness vision board of things you can do each day to make you feel good
- Start and maintain a gratitude journal
- Create a reverse bucket list of stuff that’s made you happy so far in life; just looking at it will bring you joy
- Schedule happiness habits in your daily e-calendars, whether it’s a cup of coffee or a lunchtime walk in the sun
- Road test your happiness habits to make sure they don’t become chores
- For hard core happiness seekers: set daily, weekly and monthly happiness targets
One more thing: if you don’t like writing, just draw or stick pictures of what makes you happy into a journal or on your vision board.
Don’t forget that happiness is like a snowball that gets bigger and bigger; it’s the journey that counts not the destination.
Thanks to kikki.K workshop host Emma for sharing her happiness journey with us. And, good luck to the workshop participant who leaves for Nepal shortly: may your trip be full of simple pleasures.
- What makes you really happy?