BYOH: Build Your Own Happiness or How to hack your own happiness buttons.
Today: Keeping a journal and writing down the things that will help keep your hopes up.
In order to “build your own happiness”, sometimes it is necessary to write your desires, disappointments, dreams, hopes, and gratitudes down on paper. Writing these things down can help you build your future goals and remind you of the things that make you feel good about yourself and the world around you. Keeping a journal could very easily be the most important tool you have to BYOH.
It doesn’t even have to be very big, but it should be something that is easy to carry and easy to store. You can journal on your computer or mobile device, such as your smartphone or tablet, but, personally, I’ve found that writing in a hard, tangible book with my own hand, is a lot more effective than using a simple computer program. It’s also less likely to get lost or forgotten if something happens to your computer or the data on it. So long as you have candlelight, you also don’t have to worry about a paper journal running out of juice and it won’t crash, so you won’t have to reboot it.
You don’t even need a fancy journal. A simple spiral notebook will do just fine. In fact, if it’s got sections, you can use different sections of the journal to write down your thoughts on multiple streams of consciousness. One section could be about the things you are grateful for, another for your wild ideas and dreams for the future. Use one section to write down your feelings and thoughts on a particularly bad or good day. Use it for your long-term to-do lists. Use a section to keep track of your daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly goals. The possibilities are limitless.
The purpose of the journal is not just to write in it, but to revisit your own ideas and thoughts, from time to time. When you’re facing hard times or tough moments, go back to your journal and read the messages that you left for yourself to remind you to keep your head up and stay strong or to help you pave the path towards your next big goal. Think of it as your guide map to your best life and another piece of the frame you need to help “build your own happiness”.
What kinds of things do you do write about in your journal?
Feel free, to visit my Facebook page and tell me what kind of things that you do to push your own happiness buttons or drop a line in the comments section. I would really love to hear from you.
If you enjoy reading this site, please consider throwing something in the tip jar. Thank you for your support!