Happiness Challenge: #31HappyActions

Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful day. July 1 is my birthday, the 1st day of a new month and the perfect time for a new challenge!

I’m sure you’ve seen the #100HappyDays challenge, maybe you’re even participating in it. I think it’s a great idea! Taking time every day to find something that makes you happy. For those of you doing the challenge and also for those of you who aren’t doing it, I want to inspire you to take the challenge to the next level.


A few months ago, I met Dr. Scott E. Geller, a professor at Virginia Tech specializing in Applied Behavior Systems. Dr. Geller uses behavior-change interventions to increase workplace safety and he also works on projects that improve people’s quality of life. One of his projects is Actively Caring For People (AC4P). The AC4P movement encourages individuals to create a more compassionate world by actively care for others.

Dr. Geller’s movement inspired me to create #31HappyActions. A challenge where you focus on actions that make other people happy.


Action for Happiness, a movement of people committed to building a happier society, has a list of 50 actions and Action #2 is Do Kind Things for Others. Their research shows that showing others kindness doesn’t only make the other person feel happy, helping others actually makes you happier too!


So here’s my challenge for you: for the month of July I challenge you to do one kind action for someone else every day. It can be a grand gesture or something simple like holding the door open for a stranger, waving thank you to a driver who stops to let you cross the street, smiling at your neighbor or giving a co-worker some words of encouragement.


Your actions can be planned or spontaneous. All that matters is that you engage in an action that makes another person happier, a happy action!

Share you actions in the comments and/or on social media using #31HappyActions and tag me @LeanGreenGabi on Twitter or @LeanGreenIslandGirl on Instagram and Facebook.


I hope you join me for #31HappyActions. Let’s make the world a happier place one happy action at a time!

Don't know where to start?
Here are some ideas for your #31HappyActions:
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation - Kindness Ideas
Action for Happiness - 40 Acts of Kindness
Happify - The Science of Giving
Karen Salmansohn - Lessons in Kindness from a 5 year old (also the creator of the awesome Do good, Feel good image)
Hello Human Kindness
Random Acts - Performing Random Acts of Kindness
  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I started out my happiness challenge by contributing to Laura’s campaign to run across the country and raise awareness for sexual violence. It made me happy to know that I was helping a good friend but also helping the world.

  2. Happy Birthday! What an amazing idea for a challenge. This morning I left my husband a cute note on the mirror in our room. Does that count? 🙂

    • Awesome Mary! Share your actions with us and let’s inspire others to do the same. One happy action at a time, we can make ourselves and the people around us happier! Miss you girl!

  3. Very good idea Gabi. You inspired me to visit a bedridden elderly lady and bought her a beautiful orchid. In a few hours I’m flying to Holland to be with my mom on her bday.
    Hugs from me, may you be blessed with good health always

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