Next to the essential training, your personal to-dos, and the weekly themes – the 3 pillars – there are additional tasks that we encourage you to complete anytime during the next two months of your happiness workout. We have listed off ten different tasks but try to at least get 5 of these done. 

  • Visit a museum
    Visiting a museum can stimulate our creativity, move us emotionally as well as expand our knowledge, understanding, and perspective. Whether it’s an art exhibition, a car museum, or the natural history museum, it is completely up to you. But before embarking on that museum trip, here’s a little tip: doing some light research about the museum beforehand might help you appreciate it more and enhance your overall experience!
  • Go to the theatre
    A theatre is a special place that triggers particular emotions and gives new perspectives. Of course, this does not mean that you have to go to a state theatre – there are many local theatre groups that you can support too. Participating in cultural activities has been reported to have restorative effects. It increases happiness levels, gives a sense of relaxation, and reduces anxiety. Get excited and plan your trips already! 
  • Read books
    You have the choice to read either “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom (which we recommend, as it reminds you of the important things in life), another book that you are interested in, or both. Reading is supposed to expand your conceptual realm and enrich your emotional world. 
  • Donate
    It has been widely stated that the best way money can bring happiness is by spending it on someone else. But this task goes beyond increasing your happiness and that of others; the idea is to also develop compassion and reduce your ego. The donation amount should lie anywhere between 5-10% of your disposable income after you have paid all your bills and other important expenses. If 5% is difficult for you, then we encourage you to sacrifice a night out or coffee and donate that amount. 
  • Volunteer
    Much like the donation task, volunteering will teach you compassion and the art of selfless giving. For this reason, you’re asked to volunteer for a couple of hours, ideally in an environment that is separate from your realm. If you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start, check out the local volunteering groups in your area and reach out to them. They will surely be happy to hear from you. 
  • Nature walk
    A walk in nature lets you experience ecotherapy (being surrounded by nature), which holds potential for restoration and has benefits for your overall well-being. To be able to reach that state of relaxation, you should walk for at least one hour. 
  • Body care
    Body care makes you actively think about your well-being and reminds you to be kind to your body. You can freely decide what kind of body care you want to include. It could be a sauna session, a massage, pedicure, manicure, or even just a face mask while you are doing other things. It is up to you how to enjoy this task! 
  • Moving out/moving in
    Whenever someone moves out, they pack all their things and take only what is important to them into their new home. Everything is new and clean, but more importantly, their new apartment is filled with only those things that they need for a happy life. You are encouraged to do the same and revive that feeling of happiness by going through your things and moving into your home once again, piece-by-piece, room-by-room. This means that you have to consider every item in your home and decide whether you need it or not. If yes, then clean it and put it back. If not, put it away in a box, give it away, put it on Craigslist, etc. A decluttered home is a decluttered mind. 
  • Visit a new city
    It is not uncommon to discover something new in yourself when discovering something new. Give your brain input – walk, explore, learn – take a trip to another city that you’ve never been to before. It doesn’t have to be far; it can be your neighboring city. Sometimes discovery is just around the corner!