30 Day Happiness Challenge: Day 7

Seven days is a week. In case you didn’t know. It’s also not easily divisible into 30, which is probably why the original 5 task idea was for 28 days, but here we are.


I did my meditating on my lunch break today. It was short (about five minutes). It didn’t feel that great while I was in the middle of it, but I think it had a positive effect on my afternoon. The same goes for the exercise.


Well, not exactly the same. I did it at lunch too, but I felt good while I was walking and after. It was actually a cool day and there are some nice streets on which to perambulate near my job.


  1. I’m grateful for the cool weather. It was unexpected and pleasant. And I know it won’t be here for long. Probably not even through tomorrow, so it was a nice surprise.
  2. I’m grateful that Theo was asleep when I got home today. Not because I didn’t want to hang out with him. Because he has been fighting naps for a while and can be a little cranky in the evening. Also, it gave me a chance to get this written earlier.
  3. I’m grateful that even though I feel a little hungry right now, I am actually nowhere near real hunger pangs. Instead, I’m just a little uncomfortable. That’s pretty lucky considering how much hunger there is in the world.


Nothing original on this front. I sent another email to a writer thanking him for his work. It’s nice though. It’s a pretty low cost (both time and money) way to make someone else and yourself feel good at the same time.

Something Good

Speaking of emailing authors. I wasn’t really expecting a response from the writer I emailed yesterday evening, but I got one this morning. It was direct and thankful. It also had a personalized discount code so that I could buy his most recent book, which I mentioned in the email, for just the cost of shipping. And it’s not like $5 paperback or Kindle single or something. That generosity really floored me, and I have been thinking about it all day. It shouldn’t be surprising coming from this individual, but I was still moved by the gesture. I’m sure he knows the power of that good will, and it’s a lesson for me to remember as well.

So, that’s my first seven days. Have you tried any of the tasks in the last week?

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