You can’t be happy all the time, but there are things you can do to boost your happiness. These activities will make you feel better, whether you’re having a bad day or dealing with something much bigger.
Do you have a favorite song that gets you pumped and makes you feel good? Post a link to the song so others can listen to it. In the comments, tell us why you like it so much. Don't forget to include in your response the artist's name and song title. Hashtags: #myanthem #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Music for America
Listening to patriotic music is one way to get pumped about your country. Look up songs about patriotism. Which one do you like the most? Post the link to the song’s YouTube video. It doesn’t have to be the official music video, just one featuring the song. In a couple sentences write why you feel this song is patriotic. Don't forget to include in your response the artist's name and song title.
Have you ever tried breathing exercises or meditation to calm down? Now’s your chance. Check out the exercises and adult coloring book in the links below – both are awesome ways to relax. Take a pic of what you did, then tell us about it in a post. Hashtags: #relaxationpractice #liveup
How I Deal
What things do you do to deal with negative feelings – like sadness, frustration, and stress? How do these things make you feel better? Post a pic with comments on 3 things that help you. Hashtags: #howideal #liveup
Think of someone in your life who seems to always have a positive attitude. Ask them for tips on how to stay positive. Take a pic with this person – and in the comments, share 3 to 5 tips on positivity. Hashtags: #positivepeople #liveup
Share Your Happiness
Think of 5 people, places, or things that make you happy. Write them down on paper and take a pic holding it. Share your happiness with us in a post. Hashtags: #shareyourhappiness #liveup
My Gratitude Journal
What are you grateful for? These things can be small (like your dad making your favorite meal), or big (like getting a scholarship). Read the article below, on keeping a gratitude journal. Then set a goal to write in your journal 3 times a week, for 2 weeks. Think of 3 things you’re grateful for, each time you sit down to write. Next, describe your experience in 200 words or more. What small things are you grateful for? The bigger things? Did you find it easy or difficult to keep a journal? How did keeping a journal make you feel? Hashtags: #mygratitudejournal #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Patriotism to Me
Patriotism can mean different things to different people. Being proud and demonstrating love towards your country impacts your overall happiness. For Medal of Honor Recipient Donald Ballard, it meant fighting for his country. Watch his Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video to get an idea of just how far he was willing to go to keep America safe. Then post a 100-word poem and photo that represents what patriotism means to you.
Take a Mindful Hike
First, check out the article below on mindful hiking. Then take an hour-long leisurely hike. Maybe you explore parts of your neighborhood you haven't seen before. Tune into your senses: what do you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste? Document 5 things you notice. After your hike, create a 1-2 minute video describing your time outdoors. Describe your experience in detail, highlighting those 5 things you noticed. How did you feel afterwards? Post for us to see. Hashtags: #takeamindfulhike #liveup
Think of something you want to learn but haven’t had time to try. Maybe it’s learning how to make homemade ice cream or draw a cartoon. Watch the below videos to give you some ideas. Now, who do you know who can do this thing well? See if they’ll teach you, then create a 1-2 minute video. Share what you’re trying to learn, why you picked it, and who’s teaching you how to do it. Hashtags: #learningrocks #liveup
Happy to Help
Volunteering can boost your happiness, so give it a try. First, check out the article below for more info. Then pick a community organization you think you’d enjoy. Maybe it’s your local animal shelter, library, or church. Make a commitment to volunteer for a total of 6 hours. Let us know how it’s going – share a 2-minute reflection video after one of your volunteer days. Once you’ve completed all 6 hours, write a 500-word essay. How did giving back make you feel? What did you enjoy the most? What was the hardest part? How did your service better your community and country? Hashtags: #happytohelp #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Work in Progress
All Medal of Honor Recipients have one thing in common – love for their country. Watch Francis Currey’s Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video to see his dedication in action. How about you? Do you feel strongly about your country? Submit a 500-word essay on what you like about America and what you think we still need to work on as a country.
Do you know an adult who’s experienced hard times but remains happy and optimistic? Maybe they’re someone with a disability or mental illness, or someone who’s experienced war. Come up with 10 questions and interview them, noting their responses. Think about what you learned from the interview. Then create a 2-minute reflection video. Tell us about this person. What hard times have they experienced and what do they do to stay positive? What could you do to keep happy if you were to go through something similar? Hashtags: #keepinghappy #liveup