Choose Happiness Day is inspired by the happiness trend to follow and pursue a happy attitude and spirit through all of life's obstacles and challenges. As a struggling single parent, a mother who faced many challenges would encourage her kids to find adventure in life’s adversity. In turn, those children learned from their mother how to embrace a positive attitude and reinforce a happy mindset when faced with new, yet sometimes difficult, experiences. This inspired the creation of Choose Happiness Day.
While life can sometimes present hardships, happiness begins with you. Scientific studies have proven long term happiness has positive effects on the body. These effects are worth smiling about:
Boosted immune system
Improved heart health
Increased life expectancy
Lowered chronic pain
Reduced anxiety and stress
First, start by accepting your current circumstances. Next, understand that you have the power to control your emotions and reactions toward the situation. Then, choose to discover your spark of happiness. This is the day to make a choice to be happy.
Motivational tips to Celebrate Choose Happiness Day and inspire your happiness
Start with any of these four ideas to make your day a little brighter:
When you first wake in the morning, don’t reach for your phone to check email or social media. Instead, think of three to five things in your life that add meaning to your day.
Here are a few ideas:
I am grateful for my loved ones
I am grateful for my home
I am grateful for my healt
As you then go throughout your day, remind yourself periodically of those morning gratitude gems. Be on the lookout for new ones.
Find a quiet place to sit and focus on your breathing - gently clearing your thoughts. Dedicate five minutes or more, whatever your schedule allows. If you prefer a guided meditation, Chel Hamilton produces the Meditation Minis Podcast, where she thrives to inspire joyful living.
Spend some quality time outdoors. Pick one of these activities today:
Stroll through a park
Picnic on the lawn
Plant a flower or vegetable garden
Read a book
View a sunrise or sunset
Decide on your preferred medium - application, notebook, or word document - and sit in a comfortable place without interruptions. You are not graded on your entries, so don’t concern yourself with grammar or even a topic. Set a timer and keep the words flowing, without deleting or erasing what you write.
Choosing to be happy and focusing on actions that will reflect happiness not only helps lift your mood but has the potential to improve your health and relationships.
How Choose Happiness Day Unites People
By choosing happiness, relationships, both personal and professional, are often improved as positive people are engaging company. On September 5th, Choose Happiness Day can be celebrated by spending time with friends and family, participating in activities that bring happiness to the relationship.