Sometime ago (around 50 days ago to be precise!) I invested in a 100 day Happiness Planner, as I mentioned here, I was looking for ways to become more mindful everyday and thought that this planner would be a great place to start.
Each week starts with rating how you feel and planning your goals, and you are also encouraged to plan your rewards if you succeed! I set out by trying to reward myself with things like a new scented candle, or some nice bubble bath but I quickly felt quite superficial with this and often didn’t end up buying myself the reward anyway. So I started focusing on how it would feel to achieve these goals, and my rewards became things like ‘feeling healthy’ or ‘feeling accomplished’ and this sat with me a bit better than ‘treating’ myself each week.
Everyday the happiness planner provides you with a positive quote – a really nice touch that I absolutely love! And each day you have space to comment on things like good things about today, and things you’re grateful for. I have got to say that filling in this planner consistently has made me so much more focused on thinking positively. I have caught myself during the day actively looking for what I can be grateful for or reflecting that something can be included as a good thing for that day.
I also like that at the end of each week, you have space to reflect on what went well and what didn’t but then best of all there is space for you to think about the positive side to the things that didn’t go to plan. I found this section so benefic ial for me personally, as I tend to think the worst, so actively looking for a positive great!
So far, I’ve found filling in this planner to be a really useful experience. I’ve noticed a real difference in how I am dealing with negative situations. Don’t get me wrong, I still experience negative emotions like anger, anxiety or fear but I genuinely think that filling in the happiness planner has spurred me on to not dwell on the negative and to look for the positive where I can. I can’t wait to see what the next 50 days will bring!
Have you tried using a happiness planner or do you have any ways that help you to focus on the positive? I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment or tweet me @makingitmindful.
p.s this isn’t a sponsored post – I just really loved my happiness planner 🙂