Creative ways to lead a happy life
The 5 positives challenge will help you combat stress and improve your daily happiness level. I started the routine years ago after listening to a mindfulness recording. While meditating I was guided to think of 5 things that make me happy and that I am grateful for. At the time I was extremely stressed in my job and was feeling very overwhelmed. I found it very difficult to think of anything positive in my life.
So I focussed and started to think about simple things that make me smile. Even then it was difficult to remove my mind from the dark space. However, after a few moments of silence I came up with 5 things that make me smile.
- My funny little dog Pixie
- My big lovable dog Harvey
- Sweet Potatoes (they were a new thing to me)
- Going to the cinema
- Completing a task
I finished the mindfulness session on a high and it shocked me how much this small act influenced my day. I was more connected to my work and felt in control. I also felt happier because I kept remembering funny moments and I felt gratitude instead of having an attitude.
What you need to do to complete the 5 Positives Challenge
To do the 5 Positives Challenge you need a pen and paper and 5 minutes. You can also use other materials and be as creative as you wish with it e.g. a whiteboard and markers, canvas and paints, pencils and post-its.
Step 1: Quiet your mind
Start by turning off your phone and ensure that you do not have any distractions. Quiet your mind and think of 5 positive things in your life that make you happy and that you are grateful for.
Step 2: Acknowledge your Positives
Now write down your 5 positives on a piece of paper or other medium. Take time to acknowledge the feelings that your list evokes. Take time to smile and breath and enjoy this happy time for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Display your 5 Positives Challenge
The key to success with this challenge is to put your list somewhere that is visible to you throughout the day. I write mine on a whiteboard in my office but you can stick them to a wall or your fridge. This way as you get caught up in day-to-day tasks you will get friendly positive reminders every time your eyes see the list.
When to do the 5 Positives Challenge
This challenge is so easy that you can perform it anytime, anywhere. I perform the 5 positives challenge daily and usually when I first wake in the morning. Upon hearing my alarm at 7am I open my eyes and take 5 minutes to think of 5 positives and then write them down when I get out of the bed. I do not turn on my phone until I have completed the challenge.
You have nothing to lose start today
There really is no time like the present. Grab a pen and jot down your 5 Positives today. You can keep them to yourself or you can share them with friends through social media. Practicing gratitude and starting your day positively will have a dramatic effect on your mental health.
Be kind to others and let them know how to do this challenge so that they too can have a happy day. I hope that the 5 positives challenge helps you to feel happiness this week. For more creative tips and advice on how to introduce creativity in to your life follow me on Facebook, Instagram and here on my Blog.