You can transform your personal happiness by doing a five-day work out during the Twixtmas break between the Christmas and New Year holidays.
By following some easy-to-do ‘happiness work-out’ tips you can make yourself happier, be more optimistic, and even exercise more.
The binge happiness five day programme simply consists of completing a diary for each of the five days of Twixtmas which focus on the happy, positive in your life.
Writing down positive feelings has been proven to beat just talking about them: scientists believe that writing encourages the creation of a story line and structure which helps people to make sense of what has happened in their past and encourages them to work towards finding solutions.
Talking however, is often unstructured, disorganized, and even chaotic. As a result, it can add a sense of confusion to your emotional state.
According to Professor Richard Wiseman: “Expressing gratitude, thinking about a perfect future, and affectionate writing have been scientifically proven to work, and all they require is a pen, piece of paper, and a few moments of your time. “
Professor Wiseman advises people to follow a five day schedule consisting of:
Day 1 – write down three things over the last week which make you feel grateful.
Day 2 – write down to recapture how you felt about one of the most wonderful experiences in your life.
Day 3 – write about your future where everything has gone as well as you have hoped.
Day 4 – write a short letter to someone who you care for telling them how important they are to you.
Day 5 – make a note of three things that went really well for you over the five days of Twixtmas
According to Twixtmas campaign organiser Andy Green: “The five days of Twixtmas between December 27th and December 31st are an ideal time to do your very own ‘happiness work-out. Most people pout things off or don’t get round to doing them because they say they don’t have time. There is no excuse for most of us over the Twixtmas break to enjoy some ‘binge happiness’.”
The Twixtmas campaign is a new idea to change what is seen as a dull, fallow holiday period into a massive opportunity to get people to do small acts of goodness to create significant social good for themselves and others.
Instead of binge shopping, or binge drinking, the not-for-profit campaign is trying to encourage binge doing and ‘binge happiness’ to overcome the problem of ‘time poverty’ – where people perceive they do not have enough time to do things for themselves or others - or the planet.
If just .1% of the UK population did five good things this would create 200,000 acts of goodness.
The five days of Twixtmas campaign between the Christmas and New Year holidays – December 27th to 31st is often the time of the year where people complain of being bored and not having anything to do.
Twixtmas however, is a time when most people are time rich.
The campaign web site www.twixtmas offers practical advice and inspiration to encourage everyone to make the most of this under-used opportunity. The site also provides a free facility for sending a Twixtmas e greeting card, and you can also download a Twixtmas pledge form.
The campaign was originally conceived by social enterprise the Flexible Thinking Forum.
Further details about Twixtmas can be found at www.twixtmas.com
Further details about Professor Richard Wiseman can be found in his book ‘59 seconds’.(Pan Books, London 2010)