30 Acts of Self-Love for 30 Days of Happiness

This is the year that you grow into a kinder, happier, and love-giving person. I’ve put together a 30-day self-love challenge for you that will fuel you into becoming a ball of lively positivity. Each of these habits is designed to take you less than 10 minutes a day so you won’t have any excuses. I want this to be measurable and attainable because it will hold you accountable and energized upon achievement.

Day 1 – Write down 5 things that you love about yourself.

Day 2 – Find an old picture of you and a family member. Write a comment about how this person has helped you without expecting anything back and give thanks. It can be on Facebook or anywhere else.

Day 3 – Stand in front of a door that gets decent traffic. Open the door for people and smile. Smile until they smile back. Do this for at least 2 minutes.

Day 4 – Find one homeless person and give them some money. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but when you give it to them, make eye contact and smile.

Day 5 – Look yourself in the mirror and say to yourself with emotion, “I love you.” Repeat 5 times.

Day 6 – Write ten things that you are proud you accomplished in your journal

Day 7 – If you have to pay for something (like a restaurant bill, bar tab, or toll booth), pay for the next person who comes by even if you’ll never meet him or her.

Day 8 – Find somewhere to volunteer where people are less fortunate than you and make a monthly commitment to participate.

Day 9 – Write a thoughtful comment that has at least 100 words to a blogger that expressed something that made you feel something.

Day 10 – Eat a bunch of fruit and savor every moment. Marvel at every morsel and how it tastes. Appreciate how easily you have access to this fruit. Consider how others in the world don’t. Chew slowly.

Day 11 – Leave a book you love in a public place. Hopefully, the next person will love it too.

Day 12 – Share an article that brings positivity to a friend. Make an effort to get them to read it.

Day 13 – Find a video that makes you laugh. Watch it and then share it with at least two people.

Day 14 – Read out loud everything you wrote in your journal previously. Look yourself in the mirror and say, “I’m proud of you.”

Day 15 – Look yourself in the mirror in the eye. Tell yourself three things you have accomplished that was difficult.

Day 16 – Pick one small challenge that you might fail at. Do it. If you fail, celebrate with a mini-dance party. Realize that failure teaches you and moves you forward.

Day 17 – Order flowers for someone you appreciate.

Day 18 – Talk to yourself in the mirror in second person. Tell yourself all the things you are proud that you accomplished that other people haven’t.

Day 19 – Do something brand new you have never done. It could be a tango class. It could be rock climbing. Do it. Celebrate it.

Day 20 – Meditate for 5 minutes.

Day 21 – Pick five people who made a positive impact in your life. Send each a handwritten thank you letter.

Day 22 – Find someone who is a great friend that you haven’t connected with in a long time. Reach out to them and arrange a quick meeting.

Day 23 – Donate blood to a cause you support

Day 24 – Spent 5 minutes leaving compliments on as many friends’ social media posts as you can.

Day 25 – Go to a local meet up that you haven’t been to before. Make a new friend. Hug him or her.

Day 26 – Write 10 complimentary notes in a jar. Give them to a friend or stranger.

Day 27 – Find a stranger. Give him or her a genuine compliment about something they do (how they walk, what they’re wearing, and so on).

Day 28 – Shout at the top of your lungs, “I am me and I’m proud of every part of me!” Repeat five times.

Day 29 – Drink some green tea and spend five minutes to appreciate all the tasks you’ve accomplished in this challenge.

Day 30 – Congratulations for completing the challenge! Buy yourself a small, healthy gift you’ve been wanting to get. Be kind and love yourself!

I hope you enjoyed this challenge. Imagine how much better you would feel about yourself after performing these activities for 30-consecutive days. I snuck a bunch of science-backed techniques that have been proven to increase happiness and self-esteem into most of these.  

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Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

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