Anyone who is interested in increasing their happiness levels will inevitably be introducing some level of change in their lives. The last thirty days, during which I have taken part in the 30 Day Challenge programme with the Screw Work Let’s Play team, John Williams and Selina Barker, have brought about a significant change in my life with the launch of my new positive psychology blog – The Happiness Experiment. My first step towards encouraging other people to find ways to increase their happiness was to focus on creating my own forum for sharing ideas and experiments. I have been been amazed how far I have come in the last 30 days, with a new blog set up and functioning and new Twitter and Facebook accounts in place to spread the word. I have an exciting 3 month plan of blog posts which I am really looking forward to share and although the design and layout of the blog is far from perfect I have acheived something in 30 days which it would otherwise have taken me months to get off the ground. Needless to say I am now a fan of 30 Day challenges.
I think 30 days is the perfect amount of time to focus on something new and I intend introducing new 30 day challenges in to my life on a regular basis. I am the first to admit that after 30 days of doing something new you are still very much a beginner, but if you are willing to be a beginner on a regular basis there is nothing to stop you acheiving anything you want. The 30 day challenge was all about buddying up and lending support and encouragement to other members of the challenge. This is an important lesson to learn for any change you wish to make in your life – it is much easier to see something through if someone else is working along side you and holding you accountable.
I hope the ideas and experiments which I will be sharing in this happiness blog will encourage you to make positive changes in your life. I would like to say a huge thank you to the 30 Day challenge team who have inspired many people to try out some fantastic and inspiring challenges. I have been blown away by the energy, courage and enthusiasm which so many have shown – it’s very humbling so see what people are capable of. The official 30 Day challenge has now come to an end, but the idea of 30 day challenges has firmly taken root in my mindset. I can’t wait to start my next personal 30 day challenge so watch this space. Take a look at this simple but inspiring video to see what new challenge you could try out over the next 30 days. Go on you know you want to……………..
Article written by Shona Lockhart, 30th May 2012