4.12.15

5 Proven Ways To #FuelHappiness

At this time of year, it's easy to get caught up in all the madness of Christmas and forget about those much less fortunate than ourselves. I watched the John Lewis Christmas advert - Man On The Moon ....and cried. Then Aldi brought out their spoof and I really didn't think it was all that funny; I felt John lewis had bothered to remind us of such an important issue and it was swept under the carpet for the sake of a quick joke.

But. What I am all about this Christmas is in line with the lululemon campaign - Fuel Happiness.


They said:

We want you to be happy. Like, can't-believe-this-is-my-effing-life happy! So we did our research and learned that there are small things we can do every day to boost our moods and truly flourish. When we choose to practice these happiness habits, we realize that one small change can ignite a ripple effect that can in turn affect our entire community. Why not start now?

#FuelHappiness


One particular tangible part of this campaign is the #FuelHappiness deck of cards. I posted about them on Instagram and was so surprised at the level of engagement and how interested everyone was in them!


So I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a few more of the cards here. I picked out 5 of my favourites all with tasks of varying lengths depending on how much you want to commit to actually fuelling happiness! Have a try, and let me know what you think!


GRATITUDE || 2 minutes 
Add this one into your morning routine and you should feel better about waking up. 
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Take two minutes to write down three things you're grateful for in the last 24 hours. Maybe you had great conversation after sex last night (lululemon's words not mine! lol) or you loved the taste of your kale smoothie this morning. It can be something big or small, but try to be as specific as possible. 

PURPOSE || 20 minutes 
When your goals line up with your core values, you pursue them with more passion, purpose and satisfaction. You should probably take 20 minutes for this one. 
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Think deeply about 20 things you value. 

For example, loyalty, creativity, adventure, autonomy, kindness, integrity, fun, freedom, etc. 

Now, narrow your options to ten values. Once you've doe that, narrow your core values down to five. Now, check and make sure your goals line up with your values. 

PURPOSE || 60 minutes 
Set aside an hour for this because the results are powerful. 
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Draw three circles big enough to write several bullet points in. Label one PURPOSE for things that bring meaning to your life, another FUN for things you love to do and the other TALENTS for things you are good at. Write 5-10 things in each circle. 

Once you've completed this exercise, draw a three-circle Venn diagram and begin looking for things on your list that overlap. Place words that show up in multiple categories in the cross-over sections of the Venn diagram. The more things overlap, experts say, the closer you are to your sweet spot (a.k.a your purpose or mission). Anything you can put in the centre?


PURPOSE || 7 days 
Channel your her creativity - this quick, seven-day challenge will light up your life. 
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For the next seven days, photograph something that brings meaning into your life. Is it your partner? Your work? Your tattoo? Share your project on social media or print out a collage and hang it up. Daily reminders of what gives our life meaning helps to bring lasting fulfilment into our lives. 

PURPOSE || Take all the time you need for this one 
Research shows that imagining a great outcome in the future actually helps it come true. Take all the time you need for this one. 
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Picture your life in 10 years. The constraints of time, money and knowledge have completely vanished. Who is the best possible you? What do you do everyday? What do you care about? Who do you care about? What brings your life meaning? How do you feel? Take some time to write your vision down. 

Different ways to create it: 

  • Describe a perfect day in your life 10 years from now. 
  • Someones writing you a thank you letter, what do they say?
  • Describe just the facts (resume style). 
  • Make a vision board 
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Currently, I am in need to updating my vision and the related 10 year, 5 year, and 1 year goals that go with it. I absolutely smashed the last two sets of one year goals that I created for myself and I'm at the stage right now where I am ready to create more for my future! 

And in the spirit of goals, and #fuelhappiness, if you're based in London, you can join me and my new business - Borrow My // Blender - at lululemon Covent Garden on Sunday 20th December for complimentary yoga followed by hand crafted smoothies! Take a look at the {event page} and I hope to see you there! 

So which of these tasks are you going to take on?! What are the little things you already do to #fuelhappiness??! 

Elle :) 


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