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Bringing Happiness Home: A 7-Day Challenge


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Today's article is going to be brief. In case you do not know this about me, I am going to tell you straight up. I am the type of person who believes deeply in investing in the people around me. My friends, my family, heck even strangers. It is this drive and passion that led me to the behavioral health field over a decade ago. And I set big goals for myself. I got my bachelors in psychology. Then went on to get my masters in counseling and psychology. Copped two certifications. A license. Trained in coaching. And started my own coaching practice. All this with the mission in mind to help people feel good about themselves. Help people find the good in themselves. Help people believe in themselves and their own possibilities. Help people learn about mental wellness so that they can love and respect themselves with no limits. I have done well for myself. And yet it occurred to me. Even when I have succeeded in the most difficult of goals I set for myself. Even when I know I have made my family and friends proud. There is still more to be done. Not for others. But for me. For my own happiness. I still had not reached my fullest potential because an unhealthy habit crept in of putting my happiness to the bottom of the list. It is with this realization that I turned back towards mindfulness. Because of the transformation I felt in my spirit, in my energy, I knew I had to bring it to those I care about. Which is how mindfulness ended up the central topic that I have been sharing with you for the first half of 2024. Mindfulness needs to be a part of all of our emotional hygiene routines.


The path of mindfulness offers to us a continuing path forward that can open up to us new ways of being in the world. Through mindfulness, we discover that as strange as it sounds, it is possible to befriend ourselves as we are. When we are able to accept this, we may find that the once harsh inner critic of ours tends to become a little quieter, a little wiser, a little more compassionate. Once I made mindfulness a regular practice, happiness came home. I pray that my blog this year has encouraged you on starting your own mindfulness reflection and journey. So that you too can welcome happiness home. But it will take work.

We all experience happiness differently and some of us may tend to be more naturally happy whereas for others it is a struggle. And that's okay. There are things that each and every one of us can do to cultivate and grow our sense of happiness and satisfaction with our quality of life. I've been hitting you all heavy for the last few months. That said, in keeping with my promise that this blog article will be brief I hope this 7-day challenge list will help you get some ideas to continue your mindfulness and happiness journey.


Day 1:

List all the little things that happened today that brought you joy.

Day 2:

List the simple ways you enjoy being kind to others.

Day 3:

List the things you want to say no to.

Day 4:

List your values and beliefs.

Day 5:

List the things that felt important five or ten years ago but are unimportant now.

Day 6:

List the ways that you feel lucky.

Day 7:

List the elements of your life where you feel challenged in a positive way.

As always, I appreciate your readership and would love to hear from you in the comments below. To help keep you accountable, I challenge you to return at the end of the week and share in the comments the at least one or two things that made your happy list. You can also return each day and list by day; whatever works for you.


Remember, happiness is a subjective experience and what works for one person may not work for another. Now word of caution. I am not implying that happiness means uninterrupted joy or pleasure. Happiness does not mean the absence of negative emotions like sadness, anger, or fear and always being positive. You are human. Unpleasant emotions are a natural part of the human experience. Happiness also does not mean escaping from reality or avoiding life's difficulties. Instead, it involves facing challenges and finding ways to grow and learn from them. Keep in mind, just like personal hygiene, emotional hygiene requires daily practice. The key is to experiment with different activities to discover what truly brings you happiness and a sense of wellness and well-being. But please remember that wherever you are on this wellness journey, do not worry about getting it perfect; just get it going. Until next time. Happy reading!


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"For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Letecia Griffin
Letecia Griffin
4 days ago

Thought that I would pop in and share some of my list. Day 4 was like a breath of fresh air to me. There are many things that I value and sometimes pausing to remind myself of the things most important to me helps ground me. I value family and loyalty. I value kindness. I value justice. I value compassion. I value my intuition and the role it has played in protecting me and helping me to help others. I value integrity. I value wisdom and discernment. I value harmony, balance, and alignment. There are many more, but these are a few of mine I wanted to be sure to share.

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I love your mindfulness posts!!! Thank you for mentioning in this one what you were missing for yourself. I'm happy you realized that! Thanks for that 7 day list! I'll have to try it out!

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Letecia Griffin
Letecia Griffin
4 days ago
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Oh thank you so much for this. I am so glad you liked the article. I hope you also find something in the 7 day challenge that brings a smile to your face! 🤗

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