The Happiness Project – Day 10

Entry for Day 10 of The Happiness Project

3 things I’m grateful for:

  1. The awesome food I ate at two BBQs today.
  2. Spending time with two very good friends.
  3. That I’ve grown so much in the past two years.

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The Happiness Project – Day 6

Entry for Day 6 of The Happiness Project

3 things I’m grateful for:

  1. My early morning meeting for this week was cancelled! Yay!
  2. My company will soon start offering a $20 per month gym membership subsidy.
  3. I have a really strong network of professional contacts that just keeps growing bigger and stronger as I continue in my career.

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The Happiness Project – Day 2

Entry for Day 2 of The Happiness Project

3 things I’m grateful for:

  1. I’m in a financial position where I can afford to buy a dozen baked goods and make someone’s day (see below). Also, I thought to myself again today – I’ll never be rich. Regardless of how much money I make, I will always remember that there are other people who need it more than I do.
  2. I’m still appreciated and valued at work…even though I’ve been slacking lately. This is huge. I started slacking at every other job because I didn’t feel appreciated or valued. I should really appreciate it back and get my act together.
  3. I live in a safe neighborhood that doesn’t make me think twice about taking my garbage out at 1:30 AM.

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The Happiness Project

A friend of mine met a life coach while he was teaching abroad last year. She helped him get through a rough time dealing with being homesick. She got him to participate in a 21-day program called The Happiness Project.

We were talking one day about getting back to regularly practicing gratitude and carrying out acts of kindness. So we decided to start The Happiness Project ourselves.

The program lasts 21 days because they say that’s how long it takes to build a habit. THP is structured in a way that helps you build a set of healthy habits.

Basically every day, for the next 21 days, I’ll be keeping track of the following:

  • 3 things I’m grateful for (never the same one twice)
  • 1 positive experience from today
  • 15-30 minutes of physical activity
  • 1 way that I paid it forward
  • Amount of time I spent meditating
  • Personal reflection

I love that this project will help me make it a point to do something for someone else, every day. It sounds like a lot but sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make someone’s day in the biggest way.

I’m looking forward to this project. And to sharing this journey with you. Happy Happiness Project!

Two Young Heroes: Danny and Tommy

This is how we fight bullying…

When Danny was being bullied at school, his friend Tommy wouldn’t stand for it. What happened next will warm your heart.

via Two Young Heroes: Danny and Tommy.


WestJet’s Christmas Miracle Warmed Hearts of 250 Passengers

WestJet nailed corporate giving with this campaign. They set up a “virtual Santa” in the airport for passengers to visit before their flight. After taking lots of notes, they got to work on an extreme shopping spree to purchase and gift wrap everything on their passengers’ wish lists. When the customers arrived at baggage claim, they were surprised with a conveyor belt full of personalized gifts.

All random acts of kindness are lovely. But the personal touch on this one was above and beyond what makes us view a company as socially responsible.

When the video was posted, they pledged to surprise a family in need with a free flight if the video gets 200,000 views. As of 12/10/13, it’s at 3.6 million. Kudos, WestJet.

Oh, and check out the bloopers video, too!

Incredible Thanksgiving Act of Kindness For Homeless Man

Last Thanksgiving, these guys surprised a homeless man with a Thanksgiving meal. They treated him like he was a human being and they even served him his meal. So special, great job!