Happiness, to some end, is a decision we have to make each and every day.
We make the decision to be happy in how we choose to respond to our lives, how we interact with others and in the choices we make with our health and well-being. All of these things are the controllable things that can lead to a well-rounded, happier life. Admittedly, there are other factors that can play into a person’s happiness – unforeseen hardship, sickness in the family, mental illness and more. But these are the things that we have little control over. What I’m speaking to is the little decisions we can make each day to cultivate moments of happiness in a sometimes discontent world. That’s why I’m joining in with my fellow Happy Mamas for the Pop Sugar Happiness Challenge. It’s very simple, yet requires mindful action towards cultivating a happier life. What I like about it, is it’s something you can do in the midst of life’s chaos. Otherwise known as my life, with twins, as working mom, military spouse and wife. So here’s the break down of Pop Sugars 30-Day No Fail Happiness Challenge:
Day One: Name 3 new things you are grateful for when you first wake up. Continue for 29 more days.
Day Two: Write down one meaningful thing that happened to you in the last 24 hours. Continue for 28 more days.
Day Three: Reach out to someone you know and praise them. Continue for the next 27 days.
Day Four: Start doing cardio for at least 15 minutes a day. Continue for the next 26 days.
Day Five: Start meditating for at least 5 minutes a day. Continue for the next 25 days
Those who know me well, know that the 15 minutes of cardio may just be be my undoing on this challenge. It’s comical how much I avoid exerting myself, but I know, I KNOW I need to add it back into my life. The rest of this is something I would relish in doing each day.
I know I can do it, I actually survived an 8K (barely) at the holidays, so this has to be something I can do, right?
Family 8K complete – man that was hard! #notarunner #goodthingshescute
The one lesson I learned there was that it’s a mental game. Running, exercising, healthy living and mindful living are all something that you need to mentally ‘check-in’ to, even when there are so many other things you want to do. We all live this fast-paced life that consists of doing, moving and going to a certain schedule but mine has left me out of that equation most days. At least, in a way that is purposeful, mindful and positive.
Unlike my counterparts, I have not started this challenge yet. I plan to start Monday, February 9th so I can get through a chest cold that’s running rampant in my house. I also want to keep a journal like my friend Krystyn is keeping because I love that idea of writing down the positive, affirming thoughts that are a part of this challenge. I also would like to write down the different ways I find to make the 15 minutes of cardio happen. (I’m open to suggestions that are not running…just sayin’)
Additionally, I want to add in this printable that the lovely Sharon, Mom of 6 created just for this challenge.
(click image to download)
This challenge is doable, but do I think I can follow through for 30-days? I will give it my best. Truly. I think making the effort most days is better than none at all, amiright? Mindful living, positive thinking, considering others is a lifestyle of giving time to. I’ll let you know how it goes next month when I wrap it up and we check back in.
If you plan to join us, please feel free to download the printable above and if you blog about it, link it up over at Krystyn’s place. She has our Happy Mama linky this month where all blog posts that are focused on the general theme of happiness and love are welcome for linking up and sharing! Team Happy Mamas loves to find new faces and places in the blogosphere, so please head that way and linkup a post for us to read!
Now, for the important question – I need ideas for my 15 minutes of cardio…so if you have some ’15 minute plans’ that don’t involve running, planks or push-ups – I’m in. Comment away and help a girl out with some variety so I can plan my 30 days. Pleaseandthankyou.
And, who wants to join in this fun?? If I can run an 8K, you can do this. No, really. I teared up twice during that run.