Week 12: If you’re happy & you know it… do a cartwheel!

There’s nothing like a little fun and frivolity to lift your mood. This week began with the International Day of Happiness and ended with me frolicking like a kid on the beach. Oh happy days!

Day 79: International Day of Happiness

Monday, 20 March was International Day of Happiness. This is a United Nations initiative, set up in 2012 to ‘promote, preserve and celebrate happiness’ as ‘a universal human right and goal’. To be honest I hadn’t heard of International Day of Happiness until Monday morning when the radio announcer mentioned it as I was driving to work. But I suddenly knew I wanted my daily 1 thing new to tie into this international celebration of happiness.

When I got home I Googled International Day of Happiness (I can’t remember how I ever survived before Google – I think it is one of my favourite things in the world!) and found their website which asks you to ‘Join the movement for a happier world’. How could I not? So I took the pledge to create more happiness in the world. All this involved was adding my name and email address to the list of other pledges. The website also asks you to spread the happiness by sharing your happy moments on social media using their hashtags (#choosehappiness, #createhappiness and #makeithappy). This is something that truly resonates with me. If you are a regular reader you will know I have been attempting to spread a little joy with my daily 1 things new, performing random acts of kindness.

The International Day of Happiness may be just one day a year, but I intend to keep on spreading happiness where I can and I encourage you to join me.International Day of Happiness

Day 80: GPT websites

Have you heard of GPT websites aka get paid to websites? I must admit this is a new one on me (for someone who’s an avid internet surfer I appear to be somewhat ignorant this week don’t I?) I had heard about getting paid to take surveys but these websites pay you to watch videos, do general internet searches and more. I found an article on Pinterest written by someone who said she earned US$1,000 a month using these sites. Well blow me over, if this doesn’t sound too good to be true!

So on day 80 I signed up to 2 of the more popular GPT sites, Swagbucks (probably the biggest) and InstaGC. There are loads of sites out there but not all of them are open to Australian residents. These 2 had pretty good reviews so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The sign up process for both sites is pretty straight forward, you can sign up using Facebook (InstaGC also offers Twitter and Google+) or your email address. I opted for the latter, and set up a new email address specifically for these memberships.

Both websites work in a similar way. You earn the most points for taking surveys and a few for watching videos, using their search engine and bonus points for various tasks such as hitting your daily goal or finding the daily code word. Cool, right? Well that depends on how much you think your time is worth. You need to earn 100 points to be paid $1 and it takes anywhere from half an hour to an hour to reach 100 points. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think $2 is worth my time. So although I became a GPT website member on day 80, I certainly did not become an advocate. I think it’s time I deleted those memberships now. Maybe that could be my 1 thing new? (Maybe not.)

Day 81: New Tastes – Fresh fig

I have a new favourite fruit – fig! I’ve had dried fig loads of times before, but had never eaten a fresh one until day 81. Coming from the UK, and living in Australia, I see quite a few unfamiliar fruits and vegetables in the supermarket. I’ve decided this is the year for me to expand my horizons and treat my tastebuds. Wonder what I’ll try next? Persimmon, perhaps?Mmm figs

Day 82 Sandwich art

My son loves spam. I know, terrible stuff, it does make for easy packed lunches in the morning. (You may be wondering what that has to do with my 1 thing new but bear with me.) Anyway, Thursday had been a very busy somewhat stressful day, and by the time I got home from work I still had no idea what to do for my 1 thing new. (Yep, I didn’t plan this week – again!) A quick gander on Google (did I tell you how much I love Google?) gave me the idea of making some sandwich art (yes, you read that right – sandwich art). People actually make sandwiches into art (or is that art into sandwiches?). Animals are popular, as are TV and movie characters, but it was the face of a pig that caught my eye. Its chief ingredient was ham, which I did not have, but spam looks similar and then my son could have the sandwich as a snack.

So I set about making my artistic pig’s face sandwich but about half way through it somehow morphed into a cat. With cat like reflexes myself, I grabbed some grated carrot and added whiskers to my masterpiece. My son loved it, and even created some sandwich art himself, turning the cat into a seal!

Day 83: Swam 1km

On day 83 I swam 1 kilometre without stopping – a personal best. This wasn’t in open water, so technically there was a pause every 50 metres when I got to the end of the pool and had to turn around (and no, I don’t do the tumble turn) but I didn’t stop to catch my breath as I usually do. Go me!

Day 84: Happiness is releasing your inner child

I have had a number of experiences this year that have brought out the child in me – from cream pie fights, to tree climbing and now doing cartwheels on the beach in the dark. I’m really enjoying doing childish things again, as you can see from my video. I may not be the most graceful of cartwheelers (not even close!) but gosh, just doing a cartwheel really brings out the happy!

Do you have any secret kids activities you like indulge in? Or have you tried GPT sites and disagree with my opinion that they are a waste of time? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your experiences.

 

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