March 20, is International Day of Happiness, a day designed to connect us all and a day to check in and ensure we’re doing everything we can to look after not only our happiness but the happiness of our loved ones and the world. The United Nations theme for 2020 is ‘Happiness For All, Together’ and although most of us are working from home, practising social distancing or following advice to stay home, there are still so many ways we can cultivate happiness and maintain a positive mindset during these extra challenging times. Here are our top 10 below:
We have fallen completely in love with Shahroo Izadi’s incredible book The Kindness Method, the perfect tool to help you change unwanted habits and live a more positive life – one where you treat yourself with kindness, compassion and understanding. We took five with Shahroo to find out more about her inspiring story and her wonderful book with a quick Q&A session. Enjoy!
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Who feels like a year, 365 days, goes extremely fast? And who wishes they had more hours or days in their year? The reality is, we all have the same amount of time and it really is up to us to make sure we use it wisely to fit in all the things that are important to us. However, the exciting thing this year is that we do have one whole extra day in February. That’s right – this year is a leap year, so the 29th is one extra day that we won’t see again for another four years!
Rather than treating this as just another day I am going to make the most of it and do only what I love and treat it as a self-care day. How will you spend yours?
You might want to take the day to do something super fun or get super organised. Maybe spend it relaxing, working on your dreams, goals, or with friends and family (or even in solitude on your own). Perhaps your day will be productive or indulgent – whatever you choose to do, try to remember that every new day is a new opportunity, and this bonus day is an extra day for you to do something your future self will thank you for.
For me, it will be time for a little self-care. Now, a self-care day can look different to everybody, so I encourage you all to spend some time thinking about what you’d love to spend it doing (whether it’s a self-care day or something entirely different) and plan it exactly how you want it.
With that in mind, my day will look a little something like this:
I will get up early, at 5am to make the most of this special day. I’ll start with a glass of lemon water while I enjoy putting pen to paper and writing my three ‘morning pages’ in a beautiful notebook.
I will then reflect and write down insights, thoughts, and ideas in my Life Journal while drinking one of my first of many cups of tea for the day. And of course, I’ll have my favourite candles burning.
My morning will also consist of some meditation and reading a few pages of Shahroo Izadi’s The Kindness Method. I can’t put it down at the moment! (And as a side-note, if you haven’t listened to her podcast, it’s wonderful. You can listen here>)
Movement is part of me living my dream life so I will go for a short run, finishing at my local yoga studio where I’ll attend the slow yoga class before walking home via my favourite local coffee shop for my morning coffee on-the-go.
When I get home the family will be awake and our day together will really begin. I will make breakfast and get everyone around the table to enjoy conversation and each other’s company, without rushing. There is no hurry on this bonus day!
The rest of the day will be spent walking in nature, writing in my journal and reading. It’s so simple but this is what my kind of ‘perfect’ day looks like. For some, this may seem a little ‘boring’ but that’s where we’re all different. The beauty of us all being individual is that everyone’s ‘perfect’ day will be unique to them.
If you need some inspiration on how to spend your bonus day, some of our lovely kikki.K Team have shared their plans below. And if you’re looking for even more guidance on how to create your perfect day below, I cover this in my book, ‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ as well!
Mark, Global Brand Manager
After being woken bright and early by our mischievous dachshunds no doubt, my husband and I will be hitting the tennis court with a couple of our besties for a casual (but competitive!) hit-up. I also recently starting hand-making some bespoke felt koala artworks to sell and fundraise for the animals affected in the recent Australian bushfires, so I’m looking forward to a crafternoon to finish some more of them off too!
To be completely honest, I’m really looking forward to getting a little sleep in and not waking up to the sound of my alarm going off! Next up is coffee at a local cafe. I find that whenever I have the time, I prefer sitting-in rather than grabbing take-away as it allows me to slow down and really appreciate both the coffee and whoever I might be having coffee with. After that, I plan to go for a walk in a nice park or garden and enjoy the last of summer, if the weather permits! Lastly, I hope to spend some quality time with family.
Ali, Retail Operations MANAGER
I’m really looking forward to taking myself out for brunch then spending the afternoon at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). I’m a member but don’t often have time to get there and check out some of the lesser-known exhibitions. I always leave feeling super inspired and recharged. It’s like a quiet oasis in the middle of a busy city (and life!).
Kristy, Creative Content Manager
I’m really looking forward to spending half the day outdoors, hiking through nature and having a picnic lunch with friends somewhere beautiful. I never get enough time for this and whenever I can get out of the city and into the fresh air and mountains, I find it re-energises me and gives me so much more clarity to manage all the other (very full!) parts of my life. After that, I’ll likely dedicate the rest of the day to checking in on my goals and setting some clear action plans for the month ahead. Again, I usually find it hard to fit time for this into my days, so an extra day to do this in 2020 is such a bonus!
Sarah, Social Media Manager
I’ve planned a day of things that have been sitting on my to-do list for far too long! I’m going to start the morning with a sunrise walk and a fika with an old friend, then I’m going to declutter and organise the spare room to create a more calm, relaxing and productive space for creative projects. I’m also looking forward to writing down a few of my favourite family recipes into a DIY Album (while enjoying a glass of rosé !) so I can create a keepsake to use and look back on for years to come.
I just love all of these ideas, and I hope they’ve inspired you to treat your extra day on 29 February as a true opportunity to do something for you. It’s not often we get the chance to have a whole extra 24 hours in our year – so be sure to make the most of it!
I would love to hear your plans, and together I hope we inspire everyone around us to grab this opportunity as well!
P.S. Don’t forget to share your bonus day with us!