September Happiness Challenge
Its month three of the happiness challenge. I hope your feeling happier! For the month of September we are adding another morning ritual. The first ritual we added to your day was gratitude. Now, I want you to add to this 3-5 positive things about yourself.
Everyday either before or after your gratitude, I want you to say 3-5 positive things about yourself. It can be anything including your skills, talents, personality traits, way you treat others, etc. There is no right or wrong. No judgement. This is for you and you only, no-one else hears what you say. With gratitude and 3-5 positive things about yourself you can say them out loud, to yourself or write them down, whatever works best for you.
There are two rules for this:
1. Try not to say the same things each day- it can be positive things about yourself in general or positive things you did that day but you must mean what you say and try not to repeat the same things.
For example: This morning I said these 3 things
I like that I have learned to set boundaries
I like that I’m very empathetic and was able to use it with a friend
I like how I have been watching my diet so I can eat healthier and feel better.
2. You can’t judge your positive thoughts – once you say the positive things, you can’t go back and start judging it or taking it back. Just let them be and move on with your day. I have had clients who feel very awkward saying anything nice about themselves without an insult right afterwards. This will change if you keep at this. Consistency is key!
For me, I have a morning routine of happiness habits. I wake up each morning and start my day off with a gratitude check and then I go into 3-5 things that are positive about myself, I say my prayers for others, I try to make sure my basic needs are met each day, meditate and then I go for my daily walk. When we add happiness habits into our life, we start feeling a shift from negative to positive.
Monday, September 8, 10-12pm – What Kind of Smart Are You?
Mount Saint Mary’s College, NY
Thursday, September 11 Through October 9, 10am – Emotional Wellness Series
Rutgers University, NJ – Osher Life Long Learning
Saturday, September 20, 2pm – Declutter Your Life & Reduce Stress
Stratford Public Library, NJ
Monday, September 22, 7pm – Dealing with Loss
Paramus Community School, NJ
Telephone: 201-261-7800 Ext 3038
Monday, September 29, 6pm – Transitioning into Mid-Life
Hofstra University, NY