So the title may be a little misleading… I didn’t all of a sudden become blissfully happy in 21 days. But over the past few weeks, I did learn to be more appreciative and thankful of coworkers, my friends and family, and probably most importantly myself.
I say ‘most importantly myself’ because this is a tough one for a lot of people. Self-love is hard and takes practice, and with the Happy in 21 challenge, I practiced it every day for three weeks. The challenge involves writing three positive attributes about yourself, and thanking one person every day in writing. Some days I struggled to find three positive things about myself and other days I had ideas to jot down for the next day. I found that I always had more than enough people to thank each day, which is a truly amazing feeling to know that I am surrounded by such supportive and loving people.
Like I always say, I am striving for happiness and health in everyday life. I didn’t say I found it, but I am always working towards it. This challenge helped me to appreciate what is already ‘there’ and to appreciate the ride along the way. Do I want to be a better runner? Do I want to have a great job in the city someday with my own place? YES! But this doesn’t mean that because I haven’t achieved these goals that I can’t enjoy the path I am on right now.
I don’t have my dream job yet, but I do work with a lot of amazing people who are so kind to me and whom I am so grateful for. Yes, I want my own place in a busy city some day, but right now I live with my parents in our old country house and I need to appreciate that while I have it. I am living rent-free with two people I happen to like a lot, and who feed me pretty darn well… and I am very lucky that they have welcomed me home and been so supportive of where I am in my life right now.
This challenge helped me to put things into perspective. I truly believe that. I am a far more confident person than I was even a year ago and Happy in 21 helped to show me how far I have come. I encourage you to try it because I think you would be surprised at how easy it becomes and how great it makes you feel. Good luck and enjoy the ride!