HOW TO USE THE HAPPINESS PLANNER APP
What will I achieve from using The Happiness Planner?
The Happiness Planner incorporates the practices of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development. We believe that happiness is a state of mind; it lies in the way you look at things - and this can be practiced, influenced and shaped based on these 3 principles;
- The way we look at something affects how we feel about that thing. When we change our focus or our attitude about something, our feeling about that thing also changes.
- Our brain subconsciously picks up things. We are subconsciously shaped and influenced by our environment - whether we realize it or not.
- Changing the way we look at things and the way we think is basically a habit change. We can't just adopt a new mindset, change a habit or an attitude overnight. We have to practice it over and over until our mind is trained.
We believe that if we increase our self-awareness, cultivate positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and personal growth, we will increase our happiness level and will be okay no matter what happens in life. The Happiness Planner is designed to help you cultivate these 5 key elements. By practicing these over and over, one day they will become a part of who you are and no matter what happens in life, you will always find joy and peace from within.
While using the Happiness Planner;
- You will get to understand yourself better and become more self-aware by answering our questions and practicing self-reflection.
- You will learn to look at the positive side of things and adopt a positive outlook on life. You will become more resilient and can bounce back or move on from disappointments in life more quickly.
- You will focus on making each day a good day instead of worrying far too much about the future or thinking too much about the irreversible past. Eventually you will become more mindful and live in the present.
- You will wake up everyday thinking about things that excite and inspire you.
- You will end each day feeling grateful by thinking about the good things that happened.
- You will feel happier and more fulfilled from within by striving to improve your inner qualities and your emotional intelligence.
How does The Happiness Planner work?
Before you get started with the daily pages, you have to "Create Your Happiness Roadmap" with questions that will get you to think about yourself and your life. This first section will help you increase self-awareness and make an acknowledgement to yourself to become even more self-aware. All of our Happiness Planners start with this section.
- What makes you happy and how often you want to integrate that into your life?
- What makes you unhappy? Can you do anything to change it?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses? Are you doing things that align with your innate talents and who you are?
- What qualities or habits would you like to improve?
- What and who are you grateful for?
- What have you achieved so far that you're proud of?
- What have you overcome?
- What lessons have you learned?
- What is your definition of success?
- What are your dreams? What do you want to achieve in life?
- What is holding you back? What are your fears?
- What do you want to achieve in a year's time?
This is so that you can plan to integrate your answers from this section into your daily life over the next 100 days or the next 12 months.
What about throughout the week and the day? What makes The Happiness Planner different from the calendar apps out there?
Instead of focusing on your productivity like the other planners do, and The Happiness Planner is designed to help you become more positive, mindful, and happier by applying the simple practices of Zen habits and personal development into your daily life.
DAILY INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
You start each day with an inspirational quote.
TODAY I'M EXCITED ABOUT
This section was designed for you to think about something positive - something you're excited that day. It could be a little thing like the friend you're meeting for dinner or the important meeting you're going to have that day. The goal of this is for you to wake up everyday feeling positive, inspired, and excited - which, if you could feel like this at the start of every day, you already set yourself up for a good day. :)
You can keep track of your schedules, appointments, meetings, and any event that happens at a specified time and date. You can set reminders, set the location, and even take a photo of the note and save it under that item.
We all have an endless list of things to do. Our To-Dos is designed to help you prioritise your focus to the maximum. You can star important items that you need to do first.
Our To-Dos allows you to re-order your tasks so you can prioritise and focus on one thing at a time, maximizing your work flow and productivity level. You can re-order by pressing on the task you wish to move and then drag it up and down.
You can change the date of an unfinished task to another date.
You can mark completed tasks as completed by pushing it to the right.
You can delete a task by pushing it to the left.
EXERCISES & MEALS
Exercises and meals are important and we should not ignore that what we put into our body stays in our body. A bad meal can't be removed with exercises. At the same time, exercises are important in keeping our mind and body balanced, building our cardio strengths, helping us focus, and releasing stress.
If you care about your well-being, I'm sure you exercise regularly and eat healthy. If you're not already doing so and are thinking of changing your diet and lifestyle for the better, you can use this little section here to track your progress daily.
- GOOD THINGS ABOUT TODAY
Sometimes we get caught up in moments of frustration and fill ourselves up with negative energy. Then suddenly we feel like we have a bad day. But if you learn to shift your focus to the good things that happen, even though it looks like a glimpse of joy, it can change your whole perspective and your feeling about the whole day. Suddenly, the day doesn't seem so bad - you realize that there's good in everything. It all depends on what lens you decide to wear.
- WHAT I HOPE FOR TOMORROW
The power of positive affirmation is phenomenal. Every wish-come-true starts with a thought. And then a thought gets fulfilled through actions and determination. Sometimes you have a good day; sometimes you don't. Thinking about what you hope for tomorrow can put you back into a positive frame of mind and help you see tomorrow as a new opportunity to make it a better day. Dream more. Wish more. Do more. And all your wishes shall come true.
- WHAT & WHOM I'M GRATEFUL FOR
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie
Sparing a minute or two at the end of the day to think about what you're grateful for can you appreciate life and feel happier as a result. Sometimes we can be overwhelmed with work and feel stressed with the responsibilities we have. Filling every day with gratitude can really help brighten our day.
Our app also lets you tag people from your contact list and send them a message showing your gratitude. :)
EVALUATE YOUR HAPPINESS, HEALTH, ENERGY, AND PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS
How you feel and how you spend your days each week varies. The goal of this section is for you to reflect on the day and that at the end of each week you can see how your happiness, health, energy, and productivity levels pan out. You can start to spot patterns and see improvement in your mood and energy level as you become more aware and conscious of your daily routines. In future versions, we will be able to send you monthly reports so you can see your progress in a more analytical way.
Separate sections for work and personal goals.
- THE MONTH'S HAPPIEST MOMENTS
This is for you to look back and feel that after all, life is good. Regardless of challenges and obstacles you face in life, there are always good things. The key in being happy is to shift what you focus on - what you focus on expands and affects how you feel.
- THE MONTH'S STRUGGLES
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." - William James
There are always things that annoy, disappoint, or upset you. However, the point of this is to reflect and to learn to look at these negative things from a positive point of view. Sometimes we can't see why things turned out the way they did and only time will give us the reason for why it happened which brings us to the next two points.
- HOW I OVERCAME THE STRUGGLES
"A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor."
We only become stronger when we are put to the test and when we have to go through situations where we have to push our limits. If our path through life is paved with rose petals and everything is always handed to us on a silver platter, we will never learn to build mental strength, resilience, patience, understanding, acceptance, and become the person that we desire to be. It is useful to reflect every now and then on what we had to go through, what we have learned, and what we have achieved to feel proud of ourselves and our achievements. Sometimes we get caught up in our own self-doubt and feel like we're not good enough. We need to keep looking back on what we have achieved and what we have become - even if we are just slightly better than what we were yesterday, 5 months ago, or last year. The key of this is to keep having faith in ourselves and to never stop becoming a better person which is the key to feeling fulfilled and happy internally.
- WHAT I LEARNED THIS MONTH
“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” - Zig Ziglar
When one door closes another door opens. Everything happens for a reason and that one event always leads us to another. Whether that event leads to something better or worse depends on how we look at it, what we learn from what happened, and what we do from that point on.
Most of the time we see the negative things as they are. However, there is always a positive side to everything. Being happy doesn't mean you're living a flawless life with only good things in it. Being happy means that no matter what life throws at you, you see it with the positive lens and you are able to turn around the negative circumstances into lessons and opportunities. It's all about "your perspective". How you feel depends on how you see things. Practicing this over and over, you will soon become a positive and resilient person who can handle whatever life throws at you because you have a mind that is strong and still.
- WHAT & WHOM I'M GRATEFUL FOR
Every month we go through events in life that may be normal and common or out of the ordinary. No matter how life is, it is worth remembering that there are things to be grateful for and people whom we should feel grateful for for having in our life. Taking a few minutes each day and month to reflect on this keeps our heart and soul happy. Moreover, you should express your gratitude and appreciation for those who have helped you in any way - emotionally, mentally, or physically.
- WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO IMPROVE ON NEXT MONTH
Reflecting on the past week and thinking about what we could do better the following week without dwelling on the past and regrets is the key to successfully improving oneself. Most of the time we let our lives go by without actually pausing for a second to reflect. You could have been too hot-tempered this week. You could have been too lazy and inactive. You could have had a very bad diet. Next week is another week. Welcome it with a smile and see it as an opportunity for you make it better and become a better person.