Hope you’re well, please do excuse my month long absence – clearly my ‘twice weekly’ posting schedule is just not something I roll with, ALAS, here I am – surprise!
Over the last month, I have developed the habit of writing happy notes and leaving them in places, like books, for people to find. If you don’t know what a happy note is, essentially all it is is a bit of paper/post-it note/you name it, with a positive message written on it. I left these notes around a couple of times when I was sixteen but then the misery of life got the better of me and there was no more joy to spread, STOP YOUR TEARS, I’M KIDDING – I don’t know why I stopped doing it, to be honest, so here I am, back at it again, aged 21.
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I regularly get into the habit of collecting things for a ‘creative project’… Sometimes I won’t even have a project, I’ll just see something and think ‘this could be so cool for something one day’ – I blame my mum and her many creative ventures. Just over a year and a half ago, I was redecorating my bedroom, which meant visiting B&Q. The paint section just calls me ‘here are the colours!!!’ like a beacon of light in a miserable DIY world. I can never enter the store without leaving with a million and one paint chips I have no real need for (god bless my love for colour). So as I’m sure you can imagine, after these numerous trips, I had many a paint chip lying around. The creative project didn’t really come about (shock) but leaving happy notes around crossed my mind, so I decided to spread some joy – colourfully, of course. Making them also allowed me to use the many stickers I bought on a whim when I was recovering from my surgery because ‘stickers make me happy’.
The reason I started making happy notes, in the very early days, was because I found one in a book when I was 15/16 and it brought me so much joy on a REALLY shitty day – it didn’t say anything profound or groundbreaking, all it said was ‘Hey! You’re awesome!’. It wasn’t so much the message that made my day but the fact that there were people out there doing things like that just to make someone smile and I thought, and still think, that it is a really bloody lovely thing to do. So, I wanted to make happy notes because you never know how big a difference the tiniest things can make.
The happy note writing soon began after the thought crossed my mind – I can never keep still once I’ve got an idea in my head. I decided to look up some positive quotes/affirmations to write on them but I also wanted to write things on them that would have helped me in a shitty time or things that would make my day. Here are some of the things I wrote:
- There are some AMAZING moments to come
- Celebrate every tiny victory
- Keep going, you will get there!
- Good things happen, you will be okay
- All anyone can ask for is that you do your best
- You are KILLING IT!
- You are somebody’s reason to smile
I wrote a fair few ‘today is going to be your lucky day’ green cards – I mean, I have no idea whether it is or isn’t but it’s a nice thought, isn’t it? I’ve honestly written so many different things that it would take a long post to list every different thing I’ve written! I decided to write ‘pass it on’ at the bottom in the hope that it will make someone happy and they can pass it on/hide it somewhere else for somebody else to find.
As much as I like to think they’ll bring some joy to whoever finds them, writing them has also brought me a lot of happiness. As I’ve been writing them, or looking up happy things to write, I’ve essentially been saying all of these positive things to myself (just by reading them, not chanting them out loud or anything) and I’ve found it’s been a huge mood boost. If I’m feeling sad, NO PROBLEM, I’ll just whack out my paint chips and stickers and I’m off – I suppose I’m pretty comparable to a seven year old in terms of my crafting choices. Seven year old or not, I would really recommend doing this if you’re sad or want to spread some joy! Please tag me if you do decide to make some, I’d love to see what they say!
What would you like to find written on a happy note?
Stacks of love,
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