28 Days of Adding Happiness – Create a Notepad

HappyMondayToday was my last day in Walt Disney World. It really is the happiest place on earth! I just love it. One of the special touches that Disney offers is a button pin that tells others you are celebrating something special. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary, so we received pins to wear that told everyone it is our first anniversary. Wherever we went, people congratulated us. We also had a few unexpected surprises such as a champagne toast and a couple cupcakes. It was all very magical!

All of this excitement served as a reminder that every day is worth celebrating. People don’t celebrate nearly as much as they should. I thought this was a really interesting theme that coincided with the idea of adding happiness to our lives. If we all realized that the little things were just as important to celebrate as the big things, we would probably all be a little happier. We might all smile a bit more and even be more appreciative of each moment we have to spend with the ones that we love.

Originally this tutorial was geared toward wishing everyone a happy________, whether it be a happy birthday, a happy un-birthday, a happy first day of school, or even as simple as a happy Monday. Due to some technical problems I was having before leaving on vacation, I was unable to take pictures with the printable I had prepared. Instead, I took pictures for the tutorial using another printable that I had already made. You can download either printable or even make your own.

What you will need:

  • Printout
  • Hot Glue gun (I suggest using a high heat one so the glue doesn’t latter melt in high heat)
  • Hot Glue sticks

Instructions:

1.  First Printout your templates or create your own, and cut them apart.Printed cutouts2. Using your hot glue gun, glue them all together like in the picture.Glue3. While the glue dries, squeeze the pages together tightly.Squish4. Let the hot glue cool completely before tossing the notepad in your bag.FlipFront FlipPurse 5. Now whenever you want to brighten someones day, you can tear of a page from your notepad, fill in the blanks, and give them a little note!Click on either image below to download the template for you notepad:

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Don’t forget to head over to Sarah’s blog tomorrow for some more happiness!

 

28 Days of Adding Happiness – Give Away your Gratitude

Thank youThe moment that we have bad service of that somebody doesn’t smile at as, we tend to complain. Any bad experience certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. We quickly hop online to write up a bad review or speak to the manager, but how often do those positive interactions get noticed. Sure, we might add a little more to the tip at a restaurant or smile at a stranger who opened the door for us, but honestly, how often do you really go out of your way when somebody makes your day or helps you out?

In the last few months, my husband and I have been trying to recognize these moments and situations a bit more. Have you ever seen those trucks that ask “How’s my Driving?” and list a phone number to call? We’ve actually called those numbers to give compliments to a diver who is driving well. It surprises the people on the other end of the phone line when they realize we are calling about a compliment instead of a complaint. Little things like this can make somebody’s day. It really can mean a lot to somebody.

Today, I want to offer you a way to make these people realize that they are appreciated; to show them that their kindness has not gone unnoticed. Go ahead and download these adorable little thank you notes. You can print them out and cut them apart. Then, carry them around with you. When somebody acts kindly or in a way that puts a smile on your face, give them one of these little cards! It will surprise them a whole lot. I guarantee that! If you really want to add a special touch, you can even write a short note on the back letting them know what they did to make your day.

Thank you notes

Click here to download this PDF

This is just another small way to add some happiness to your life as well as the life of someone else. You’ll fee good for having recognized the goodness within somebody else, and they will feel good for having been noticed. It’s really a win win!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post by Sarah over at With Love Paper Goods, and I’ll see you right back here on Sunday to share some more fun! Have an awesome weekend!

28 Days of Adding Happiness – Around the Web

Welcome back to Pretty Much! Did you absolutely love Sarah’s printable yesterday? I thought it was just darling, and I loved her idea of building happiness within her home by placing inspiring messages where her and her husband will see them most often. We all could use a constant bit of happiness in our homes everyday, so this is such a wonderful idea! I love it!

The Happiness ProjectToday, I want to share some really inspiring links with you. A while back I heard about a book called The Happiness Project. I fell in love with the idea of making small changes each month in order to make my life a little happier and perhaps a little more fulfilling. I read this book from cover to cover all the while taking tons and tons of notes. I took the information and research that Gretchen Rubin wrote about and created my own happiness project. Her book really has changed my life is a very real way. I feel that everyone should grab up a copy and read it. Even if you don’t end up doing your own Happiness Project, the book gives you a chance to reflect on what makes you happy and how you can change your life a tiny bit at a time.

Gretchen Rubin also has a website that she created for her project and continues to update regularly. In fact, she even has a blog! Not only did she write this book, but she also now has journals, print-outs, manifestos, and another book! I’ve picked that one up too, but haven’t had the chance yet to read it. I’m expecting that once I get back from my Walt Disney World trip, (Oh, did I forget to mention that I’m currently blogging from my vacation in WDW?) I plan to read that book cover to cover as well. It is titled Happiness at Home and looks just as good, if not better than the first book. It really ties into Sarah’s blog post yesterday about creating a happier home by placing inspiring messages around the home.

If you choose to read her book, I highly suggest checking out her website as well. The website has all sorts of lists, ideas, quizzes, and much, much more that can help you along your journey to happiness. Trust me, you deserve this! You can even sign up for various emails from Gretchen to include a daily happiness quote in your inbox! Oh, and she has yet another book coming soon!

Have you read any of Gretchen Rubin’s books? What did you think of them? Leave me a comment, and tell me what you thought. I’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget to visit Sarah’s blog tomorrow for another dose of Happiness as she gives some awesome Happiness tips! I love it!

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28 Days of Adding Happiness

28 Days of Adding Happiness

Some days it seems as though people believe that happiness is a lofty goal. We rush through life chasing a dream of happiness saying things like, “I’ll be happy when I get that new car.” or “I’ll be happy when I take that vacation,” but as soon as we reach one goal or can afford a special treat, we barely stop to enjoy it before we are off running after the next thing that will be sure to bring us happiness.

About a month ago, Sarah, from With Love Paper Goods approached me about doing a blog series with her to promote happiness. I was on-board immediately, but as we talked about our ideas, I became even more excited. With all the amazing things going on in this world, we somehow forget to make time to be happy. Sadly anymore, it seems like we almost have to pull out our day planner and pencil it in: “5:30 PM be happy.” Well, we are hoping that with this blog series, we will be able to remind you that it’s the little things in life that make up the big happiness picture. You don’t have to pencil happiness into your date book, you simply have to realize what makes you happy.

28 Days of Adding Happiness will be a blog series with a little twist. Sarah and I will be taking turns each day posting up some really lovely things: DIYs, recipes, links, printables, and lots more. I really can’t wait! All of this fun will start a week from today on Sunday, august 17th over on Sarah’s blog. Each day after that, for 28 days, we will share some pretty wonderful things with you. I hope you’re on board because this is going to be so much fun!

Coming up: Meet Sarah this Thursday, when I interview her here on the blog!