A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness – Step 1

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Did you know its easier for our brain to think of negative scenarios rather than positive ones? Have you ever noticed that a bad memory lasts longer than a good memory? Unfortunately its a habit many of us have formed over the years and the majority of the time we have no awareness that we’re doing it. If we shifted the energy we used in worry, stress, or anxiety to positivity, calm and gratitude we would notice a significant change in every part of our life.
There are so many different ways that we can start changing our thinking patterns but today I want to keep it VERY simple.


  • I challenge everyone to take pen to paper (a4) and write as many things that brings a smile to your face or that you’re grateful for until your piece of paper is full.
  • When you’re finished take time to soak up your list and bring awareness to how all of things make you feel.
  • Keep your list somewhere that you’ll see it everyday and start forming a habit of reminding yourself of all the good in life not the bad.

Here is mine for a little bit of inspiration

50 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

Thanks for reading and make sure you share your smile with the world today ☮

**Click on the links to see more of this series**
Step 2, Step 3, Step 4, Step 5, Step 6

23 Comments

  1. Carol Anne says:

    I like this! Very cool indeed! <3

  2. Marianne says:

    I’m going to do this page this week. I need to get my head cleared and get it into a VERY positive place. Thanks Nat x

  3. I’ve got something like this called my joy list, I believe happiness and gratitude are linked and it’s so true when I remember all the things that being me joy inevitably help me feel gratitude.

  4. Sakshi says:

    Beautiful way of bringing positivity in life

  5. Fab post and so true. I love your personal happiness page.

  6. Love this! I’m writing my list right now! Great idea and we all need a reminder to focus on the positive!!

  7. I have tried stating 30 things i was grateful for before for a month and it worked like magic. Thank you for the post 🙂 Its a great reminder of trying it again!

  8. James says:

    Lovely post. I’m very glad that I have found your site.

  9. A wonderful idea. After reading your list, I realized that I have a lot of things which make me happy as well. It’s just that until you sit down and think you don’t pay much attentions to those wonderful things. I may do a post on this in my blog and if I do I will definitely post a link to your series.

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