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Happiness challenge for kids and adults: 5 key tips for happiness

The focus on happiness is at the centre of our families lives; whether you are a kid or an adult – it is what we are striving for. Happiness and positive wellbeing to bring more joy into our lives. In this happiness challenge, we will show you how something as simple as cooking a meal can improve your mood and make you feel better about yourself. In fact, we have quite a few simple little ideas, some for the kids, and some for adults and kids.

This happiness challenge is a small step along toe road to try and bring more happiness and positivity into your life.

Here are some thoughts for alongside using the printable.

Recognizing happiness in everyday life

Our instinctive human response to happiness is to find more of it. That’s why we go shopping for the latest fashions, watch TV shows that make us happy, or travel to new places.

We have created a list of challenges for people to do to help spread happiness. Ever task is just a little something that they can do in order to be happy for that day. These are things that aren’t expensive too; maybe you just need a reason or an idea from someone else in order to start feeling more positive.

The first step is recognising what makes us happy and then making an effort to do more of those things. If some of these challenges work really well for you; keep doing them. Except perhaps the having a glass of wine one – that isn’t for everyone!

Stopping negative self-talk and criticism

Self-talk is a common and normal process when you do something wrong. It’s what you say to yourself when you make a mistake, or when an event doesn’t go according to plan.

It is also a way of identifying areas where we can improve. Self-talk can be helpful, but it can also be very destructive and lead us to feel down about ourselves.

There are many ways to learn how to better speak to ourselves so that negative self-talk does not happen as often. It is important that we learn how to change our language into more positive words and phrases in order to avoid the negative aspects of self-criticism.

Taking time to reflect on the bigger picture in life

Often, we are so busy with day to day tasks that we don’t take time to think about the bigger picture in life. We allow external factors to dictate how much time and effort we put into things. Family life is incredibly busy. However, it is important to take some time out of our days and reflect on what is really important in order to have a balanced life.

The people who do this are more likely to be happy and content with their lives. It is important not just for the individual but for the future of society as a whole as well. Take time to look at our entire mindfulness section for help here.

Get physical activity a few times a week (No excuses!)

Talking about physical activity is not enough.

There are plenty of excuses people use to justify why they don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Why not check out some of our other daily challenges around exercise and try this out. How about tracking your water intake too; that’s gonna help as well.

Spend quality time with loved ones and friends for 20 Mins daily

Spending time with loved ones and friends for 20 minutes on a daily basis, can help us stay happy and keeping on making memories. This is something you can do in addition to the happiness challenge.

We should not be stuck to screens all the time. It is important to take regular breaks from social media and spend some quality time with people we love.

That constant connection with digital devices can create feelings of isolation or jealousy because we are constantly comparing our lives to others on social media – which is not real life at all.

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Conclusion: beyond a one-time set of challenges, keep pursuing happiness every day

Happiness is not a destination, it’s the journey and people who are constantly striving for it every day are the ones who find it.

There are many challenges in life that we need to deal with to be happy. We have to develop resilience, be patient, be forgiving and more. Unfortunately, we can’t always just rely on our happiness when we are faced with these challenges as they affect us deeply. But what if there was a way for us to remain happy regardless? And even better, what if there was a way for us to make sure that we stay happy?

What’s the secret? Keep pursuing happiness every day!

Happiness challenge – the printable

Ideas for the happiness challenge are:

  • Start a journal,
  • Dance to your favourite song,
  • Finish a puzzle,
  • Help someone in need,
  • Listen to music,
  • Bake cupcakes from scratch,
  • Go outside,
  • Work up a sweat,
  • take a relaxing bubble bath,
  • Clean out your closet,
  • Write 3 things you are happy for,
  • Sleep early,
  • Do yoga,
  • Play with an animal, and
  • Pay someone a complement.
  • Cook a healthy meal,
  • Visit a new place,
  • Garden,
  • Enjoy a spa day,
  • Buy someone coffee,
  • Talk to a friend,
  • Donate,
  • Sleep in or take a nap,
  • Watch a performance,
  • Start a new hobby,
  • Dress up and put on make-up,
  • Have a cup of herbal tea,
  • Enjoy a glass of wine,
  • Finish your to-do list, and
  • Sing to your favourite tune.

Loads of great ideas for you to have a go out right there.

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Check out these great ideas for more positivity posts as well on KiddyCharts:

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Don’t forget to check out the mindfulness section on the site too.

We hope you like these thoughts and ideas and you will be back on the site soon.

Take care,


Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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