Today is the start of the Twixtmas break – the 5 days to do 5 good things between the Christmas and New Year holidays.
I have put together a programme to help you transform your personal happiness by doing a five-day work out during the Twixtmas break.
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 what is called a ‘happy diary’ for each of the five days of Twixtmas which focus on the happy, positives in your life.
By writing down positive thoughts and feelings has been proven to beat just talking about them: scientists believe that writing encourages the creation of a structure and story line helps people make sense of what has happened in their past and also guides and directs them towards finding solutions.
Just talking about your problems however, is often unstructured, disorganized, and even chaotic. As a result, it can add a sense of confusion to your emotional state.
Arm yourself pen, paper, and your available time during the Twixtmas break to give yourself a 5 day ‘Happiness work-out. Just by expressing your appreciation and thinking about positive aspects of you future, or even writing affectionate things have been scientifically proven to work. (In a psychological study by Laura King of Southern Methodist University it demonstrated the positive benefits of writing about their positive future.( L.A.King(2001) ‘The health benefits of writing about life goals’ Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (p798-807))
The 5 day ‘Binge Happiness Work Out’ consists of:
Day 1 – write down four things over the last week which make you feel grateful. Then write and recapture how you felt about one of the best experiences or thing to happen to you in your life.
Day 2 – write about something good you have done for someone else.
Day 3 – write a short email or letter to someone who you like or care for. Why not tell them how good they are and why they are important to you?
Day 4 – make a list of your favourite places you have visited, or places you would like to go. Really imagine you are there.
Day 5 – write about your future where everything has gone as well as you have hoped. Also, think about the present, and make a note of four things that went really well for you during the five days of Twixtmas
The five days of Twixtmas between December 27th and December 31st are an ideal time to do your very own ‘binge happiness work-out. Most people put 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, thinking 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 250,000 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 http://www.twixtmas.com 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.