"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi
We can think of no better tool to set our intentions with than Mo Seetubtim's delightful annual Happiness Planner. It begins the year with a helpful roadmap, then checks in every month on your personal and work goals, and leads each calendar day with an inspirational quote. We loved using her planner in 2016 so much that we decided to collaborate on a special four-week edition to gift all of our customers gearing up for 2017.
What's the origin story of The Happiness Planner?
A few years ago I started a blog where I kept all the inspirational quotes I came across. I started receiving a lot of emails from my readers who said they wanted to learn more about how to be more positive. There are a lot of books and articles out there about happiness, but it's not something that you can magically change overnight. When we've been a certain way for so many years, in order to change the way we think, we need to practice for weeks and months until it becomes a part of who we are. So I tried to think of an idea for something that could be easily integrated into people's lives and help people feel inspired everyday and become more positive. That's how The Happiness Planner was born.
What do you say to someone who thinks planning their happiness is just one more item on their to do list?
Happiness is really a state of mind; it lies in the way we look at things. Whether you add practices that can help you cultivate mindfulness and gratitude to your to do list or not, that's up to you. But it's great to write down goals - both professional and personal goals which include emotional intelligence and personal development.
Do you have any habits or routines you've formed over the years to stay happy?
I would say three things...
1. Looking at the positive side of things. Negative events, mistakes, and failures are there to teach us and help us grow and become smarter and stronger. Disappointments are there to push us into a different direction. When we don't get something, it's because something better and more suitable is waiting for us.
2. Living with passion. I make a conscious effort to fill my time with things that make me happy and things that can spice up my life - whether it be playing the piano/guitar, dancing, catching up with friends, traveling, or learning new things. I don't let life become stagnant and stale. You have the power to make your life exciting and joyful - just make it a habit to do so.
3. Exercising. If I don't exercise for a month, I would feel suffocated mentally. Exercise helps you release stress and recharge - physically and mentally. I look at going to the gym as my meditation time. It's the hour-long block I set for myself each day to focus on breathing and movement. I love alternating between yoga and bodyweight workouts.
What was the last thing that made you smile?
Probably the chat I had at dinner tonight. I went for dinner with a new friend and we just talked about everything from travel to politics, branding, design, and culture. It's very hard to find someone you can talk to about a broad range of topics and on a deeper level. So I feel very appreciative of it.
Order from our website to get a special Manduka Edition Four-Week Happiness Planner, free with purchase while supplies last! Or, check out Mo's full line of Happiness Planners on her Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.