Overview of tasks
1 Write a letter to thank someone you have never properly thanked and send it.
2 Look up (at the sky, the clouds, and high buildings), discover something new, and make a drawing or photo of it.
3 Write a thank-you letter or e-mail to a company that you think provides good service, and send it.
4 Find a picture that brings back fond memories, print it out and hang it on the wall, or set it as your computer background image.
5 Give a good friend or colleague a treat with some sweets or a cup of coffee.
6 Prepare a meal for someone to thank him/her. Do not forget to actually say thanks.
7 Leave sweet messages for your family or colleagues in random places (e.g., in someone’s bag or on someone’s desk) to surprise them.
8 Plan a date with someone you have not spoken with for a long time.
9 Draw a family tree. Use your own knowledge as a starting point. You can ask a relative to help you out.
10 Be a reporter for a day and write a short news report about something good that has happened to you. Print the report and hang it on your wall or send it to a friend.
11 Read or watch one inspiring story (e.g., www.ted.com) about people who managed to make their dreams come true due to their persistence and high spirit. You can also ask a friend who inspires him or her.
12 Choose something you like (small dogs, red cars, men with moustaches), and keep a tally: For one day, count how many times you encounter the thing you have chosen. You can write it down in a notebook or on the back of your hand.
13 Write down your qualities or positive characteristics on post-its. Hide them somewhere in your home so you will face them again later.
14 Smile to yourself in the mirror and draw your smile on it with a non-permanent marker or lipstick, so you will see your own smiling face again.
15 Share a joke with at least one person today.
16 Think about three truly happy moments in your past. Write them down on cards, and hang them on the wall or on the fridge.
17 Make a drawing of your best possible future to visualize your dream situation: Where would you live, what would you do for a job?
18 Be a guerrilla florist by secretly planting some flowers in your neighborhood. Do not forget to look after them after you have planted them.
19 Get involved in a movement or a cause that is new to you. You can participate in a flash mob, follow an interesting blog or join an evening class.
20 Find a problem in your house and solve it. Changing a bulb, fixing a hole in the wall—anything goes!
21 Pay a genuine compliment to at least three people you encounter today.
22 Find a product (e.g., a piece of clothing or a book) you do not use anymore and donate it to a friend, neighbor, or the local charity shop. Do it today or schedule it in your calendar.
23 Make a new friend by talking to someone you do not know very well, and find out something interesting about his/her life.
24 Perform acts of kindness to three strangers in one day. Give up your place in a queue to someone behind you, give someone your seat on the bus, etc.
25 Pick up litter from the street you live in, to benefit you and your neighbors.
26 Be a listening ear to a friend who needs you, offer your shoulder if he/she needs it.
27 Post a kind letter to a neighbor you have not met to introduce yourself. Attach your address so they can write back.
28 Forgive someone by writing a statement of forgiveness. Keep it private for a week.
29 Share your knowledge about a topic of your expertise. For instance, teach a friend how to use a camera. You can also blog about your knowledge or make a small instruction pamphlet.
30 Wrap up any recent magazine issues you have already read, and put them in your neighbor’s mailboxes.
31 To make progress toward a large goal (such as finding a new job or home), break it down into smaller steps. Plan how and when you will complete these small steps.
32 Plan a holiday with a friend. Your destination can be expensive or cheap, nearby or far away, depending on your possibilities.
33 Redecorate your room by shifting your furniture, or buy a new bed sheet, pillowcase or poster.
34 Write down a plan for a small project to which you want to commit, but have not found the time for.
35 Share your goals with your friends or family, so they can remind or motivate you to pursue your goals.
36 Acquire a piggy bank and save money to buy something you really want.
37 Obey all the traffic signs and regulations on one day.
38 Clean something that has been bothering you, e.g., your mouse, keypad, door handles, mirror, windows, etc.
39 Study a new language on one day. Learn ten new words, write them down, and hang them on your wall.
40 Travel home today using a completely new route or use a different means of transportation.
41 Avoid all elevators and escalators, and take only the stairs on one day.
42 Play your favorite song out loud, sing, and dance along with it.
43 Stretch in the morning or evening for 5–15 min.
44 Prepare a truly healthy meal for yourself and take the time to enjoy it.
45 Take a walk for 10 min by yourself at a time that suits you.
46 Take a time out. For 15 min, do not communicate, listen to music or watch the TV.
47 Walk around at work without shoes for 1 h. You may also go outside if you dare.
48 Find a place in nature that is secluded from traffic and buildings. Listen to the birds, wind, and surroundings.
49 Go to bed an hour earlier than you normally would.
50 Just breathe and take notice of your body and feelings for 5–15 min.