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Happiness Starts With You

Most people think happiness comes from the outside world, but that’s not true. The truth is, you have to start with yourself.

You hold the key to your happiness.

It’s as simple as that.

Say it aloud: I hold the key to my happiness.

Believe it. It’s true!

positive affirmation that says, "I hold the key to my happiness." The affirmation surrounds a key to a lock with a smiley  face inside

Start Your Happiness Journey With These 5 Positive Affirmations

Next, repeat these five affirmations:

1. My Happiness Matters.

2. I Am Worthy of Happiness.

3. I Deserve to Be Happy.

4. I Choose to Be Happy.

5. I Am in Charge of My Own Happiness.

a list of 5 positive affirmations

Clearly, this is easier said than done. So literally start with that. Say these five affirmations to yourself out loud every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep.

Let the power of positive affirmations help you transition from someone who wants to be happy to someone who is taking charge of it.

This mindset progression is so important. You first need to understand that your happiness is important and that you are not only worthy of it but also deserve to be happy. Then, because you choose to pursue happiness, you will accept responsibility for it and take charge.

Take Action and Do Happy to Build Good Habits

What’s next is doing, i.e., taking action.

This is the hard part.

But it doesn’t have to be!

The overarching question here is: how do you build good habits? Specifically, how do you turn happiness into a habit?

4 Key Attributes for Building Good Habits

There are 4 key attributes to building good habits. To turn happiness into a habit, the plan must be:

1. Simple

2. Meaningful

3. Memorable

4. Motivating

an image with the words "simple," "meaningful," "memorable," and "motivating" to describe the Do Happy Daily Happier Habits app

We designed our Do Happy: Daily Happier Habits App to be just that!

1. Simple.

Every day, the app provides you with a Do Happy Task of the Day. The app tells you what to do and gives you ideas on how to do it, so minimal effort is needed on your part. The tasks are easily completable within a day (and you have until midnight the next day to complete them).

2. Meaningful.

The focus of the app is on you. It’s about prioritizing yourself and making time for what’s truly important: your self-care, your relationships, and your local community. To help you cultivate your relationships, the app’s Important People Organizer helps you remember all the important dates and details of your family and friends.

3. Memorable.

The app serves as your portable memory book of happiness. Your ongoing Do Happy Journal and list of completed tasks preserve your happy memories and are readily available for review whenever you need a reminder or quick pick-me-up.

4. Motivating.

The app’s accountability calendar tracks your daily task completion, journaling, and important date reminders. Once you start, you’ll feel motivated to maintain your streak of happyStars!

Accumulating happyStars leads to status on your profile for another sense of accomplishment. The app’s easy social sharing also lets you share your completed tasks and happy moments with your family and friends.

4 Powers Supporting You on Your Happiness Journey

Once you take action, you’ll have so much working in your favor to continue!

1. The Power of Intrinsic Motivation.

Once you prioritize your happiness, you’ll want to continue.

2. The Power of Momentum.

Once you get started, there is increasing forward motion, which makes it easier to continue.

3. The Power of Compounding.

Little things lead to big results: a little dose of happy every day will lead to exponential growth in your level of happiness.

a exponential curve with time on the x-axis and happiness (smiley face) on the y-axis

4. The Power of Social Support.

When you involve your friends and family in your happiness journey, they can help cheer you on, give you feedback, and hold you accountable.

Overall, turning happiness into a habit is easier than you think. Just remember that it starts with you and your mindset.

The truth is: getting started is the hard part. Life is busy, and it takes effort to make a change. It can be hard to break free from the negative thought patterns and habits that keep you feeling down. But you can choose to feel happy and see the good things in life, no matter what is happening around you.

It all starts with a decision. A decision to be happy. A decision to take action. And a decision to persist.

a quote from a little dose of happy that says, "choose happy, do happy, be happy"

With the right mindset and system, you can turn happiness into a habit. You can make joy part of your daily life. And you don’t have to wait – you can start today.

By reading this blog post, you’re acknowledging that your happiness matters and you are responsible for it.

We applaud you for taking the first step to becoming a happier you!

When you’re ready to take action, remember that the Do Happy App is here waiting to help you turn happiness into a habit 🙂