On the Happiness Journal

Recently, I've carried out an initiative to begin working on a handwritten journal, purely of memories, smiles, and positivity. Something worth reading through to reminisce the good times, surely one of those that will never be forgotten. The Happiness Journal is an idea that really sparked a lot of inspiration and happiness, and to say that it did a huge impact on me is truly an understatement.

I began this handwritten journal by writing all things worth remembering, smiling, embracing. Anything that has made me happy is worth writing in this journal, save for negativity in all aspects. With the launch of the Happiness Planner and the Happiness Project, I was moved by the idea of constant reassurance that in all things, there is something to be thankful for.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.

I was suffering from post-vacation blues, a familiar feeling of subtle melancholy after a trip beyond my home town. Unfortunately, the first few days of being at home was immensely terrible. I've missed everything and everyone, including the new people I've met. I frequently watched the videos I took, downhearted and lonely. Life was back to ordinary, while my heart still yearned for an adventure.

Although I was still sad at that time, I took my journal, my trip itinerary, and sad down to begin writing down everything about the trip that made me smile. Surprisingly, it made me a lot better. Focusing my energy on the memorable aspects of the trip in lieu of my arrival home had me feeling, thankful and nostalgic.

I've also took in some time and effort to put a little bit of decorations in my journal, mixing in colored pens and illustrations into the paper before they slip away into memory. These are the kinds of things I don't ever want to forget, which was what compelled me to write them down in the first place. I wrote down each day, each memory. Each smile.

I knew that if I was ever sad again, I can just open up this notebook and read all the things that has made me smile in the past. This thought was actually one of the inspirations that drove me to create this journal! I could open this up, feel nostalgic, remember all the good memories without encountering disappointment. I wouldn't have to worry about remembering the bad stuff that occurred to me; truly, they are never worth reminiscing.

I love writing down in this journal. It has helped me focus more on the good instead of the bad, and it really helped me massively. It has enabled me to put my head on every smile and laughter, giving me enough reason to suggest that this be done by others more.
jillian etc.