Happsters: A World Movement of Kindness
“Creating this movement is important to me because I’ve realized that happiness is truly contagious. I find it amazing that you can improve someone’s day just by a small action like a genuine compliment or smile. There is so much negativity in the world that we need to come together and make the extra effort to practice appreciation and love.”
Kelli Davis is a San Diego native that lives by kindness, support, and encouragement. She is the founder of the Happster movement that dubs Happsters as a happier version of hipsters. On her blog, Kelli shares pictures that contain words of encouragement on dinner checks, bills with gratitude messages, and public displays of happiness like the one seen here:
Kelli and her movement of kindness have taken the world by storm with a following of over 4000 visitors in 6 countries. Take a look at the mission of the Happster revolution:
-Our mission is to make the world a happier place through random acts of happiness and Happster events throughout the world.
- We make other people happy and let others know when they make us happy
- We’re looking for more official Happsters in each city! Each official Happster gets free Happy Notes to make it easy for them to express gratitude to people they encounter.
My Top 5 Happiness Tips
I recently heard the quote “You don’t have bad days, just bad moments”. I think this phrase is something that all of us can learn from because while we are bound to have moments of disappointment and negativity, it is important to move on from those moments and make the choice to be happy.
1. Focus on the positive. It’s easy to think about the negative events that happen to you, but try to focus your energy on appreciating the good. I like to think of 3 positive things that happened to me every night before I go to sleep. Many people also find it rewarding to keep a gratitude journal. Benefits of keeping a gratitude journal include more happiness, better sleep, and fewer symptoms of illness. (Source)
2. Take care of your body. Find time to exercise, even if it’s only going for a walk. Exercising isn’t just good for your physical health, it actually affects your psychological health as well. A study conducted by California State University, Long Beach found that there is a clear relationship between the number of steps someone takes and his overall mood and energy level.
3. Remember to breathe - So often we are caught up in work and other responsibilities that we often forget to take a deep breath and live in the moment. Remember to take a few seconds throughout the day to close your eyes, imagine a peaceful place and relax.
4. Try not to compare yourself to others. While it is natural to do compare yourself to others to a certain extent, many times it can lead to jealously and envy. Instead of focusing on others, take that time to think about your own journey.
5. Spread the happiness. Have you ever noticed that when you make someone else happy, it makes you happy too? Go the extra mile to do something nice for a friend, acquaintance or stranger. Write a note, give some words of encouragement, or even just a smile. Want to become part of a revolutionary happiness movement? Learn more here: http://happsters.com/about