The 15 Minute Happiness Challenge

SONY DSCI get it. You’re busy. You have a stressful job, a high maintenance family, bills to pay and community obligations to meet. You’re just a popular person. It happens.

You’re so busy, however, taking care of everyone else’s needs, dramas and dreams that you neglect your own. Am I right?  Admit it. You know I very well could be painting a perfect picture of you.

So what’s a busy person to do in this case?

Go through life being everyone else’s hero? Maybe. There’s nothing wrong with being a hero, after all. Any Mom or firefighter can tell you that. There are rewarding moments under all those flames.

Or maybe as we’re going through life being everyone else’s hero, we should each try being our own hero, too. We can start small, say with a mere 15 minutes a day. I’m game if you are.

Here is the challenge if you’re ready to try it:

Give yourself at least 15 minutes a day  to nourish your own dreams.

In that 15 minutes or more a day if you can pull it off, devote all of your thought processes and energy inward. Forget your boss, your teenager, your mortgage payment and the cupcakes you promised to make for the PTA fundraiser.

Start making your happiness, however you define it, a priority.

Do you want to be a bestselling author? Spend your 15 minutes writing or outlining  your book.

Do you want to one day climb Mount Everest? Spend your 15 minutes creating a packing list or searching for your sherpa online. Maybe do a pushup or two with an oxygen mask on while you’re at it.

Do you dream of being your own boss or getting  new boss? Start drafting a plan of attack or revise your resume.

Do you want to do absolutely nothing and revel in the solitude? Go for it. Close the door. Turn off your cell phone. Assume your favorite mediation position and chillax.

Fifteen minutes a day is not a huge time commitment but it can lead to great things.

Accept the 15 Minutes Happiness Challenge. You’re worth it.




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