Ready to start a revolution?

Just like the first page of a fresh exercise book, the start of a new year is full of promise. This time we’ll use our best handwriting, get only As and our pages will be littered with gold stars. The good intentions last for a while but before long ink is splattered, doodles are drawn and we’re counting down the pages until we can start again.

Although I know that my pages will inevitably get scribbly and dog-eared, I still love the magic of a fresh start. Lists of resolutions written with my favourite pen on saved-for-best writing paper are sealed with wax and a flourish. They languish between leaves of books or at the bottom of drawers and chronicle the fact that for the last 31 years I have proclaimed that I will: eat less, exercise more and, of course, figure it all out. Or whatever the childhood equivalent was.

But this year I’m less about resolutions and more about revolutions. More particularly the Joyful Revolution.

The Joyful Revolution is about changing our lives and changing the world one joyful detail at a time. It’s about refusing to fritter away our days living half-lives. It’s about doing good and feeling good as we undertake Random Acts of Joy for others. It’s about declaring that life should be more than so-so. 

You can read the full manifesto here.

And because January is often touted as the bleakest month, we’re launching the Joyful Revolution with a Random Act of Joy every day until the 31st. If you have any ideas for acts that would make you or someone else more joyful then be sure to leave a comment below.

Here’s to a fabulous 2013!



  1. Amy

    Anything that would brighten up a gloomy London day would bring me joy! Flowers on the tube, an umbrella for when you leave a shop and it is pouring & you forgot yours, a happy postcard in the mail, etc…

  2. Make Me Joyful

    You have the greatest ideas Amy. I like the umbrella one in particular as I’m always forgetting mine. Will check out the forecast…

  3. What a truly gorgeous, gorgeous idea….I can’t tell you how much I love this. I am ready to join in the revolution! You’ve inspired me to get back to what makes me joyful…and that is to write, and create, and to do things like this. Thank you. Happy New Year!

    • Make Me Joyful

      Thanks for the lovely comment Erika; it’s really made me smile. Fabulous to have you on board. Please do share all your joyful projects as and when they take place. Love it. And a very Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Chris

    I like to pay for people’s coffee or what not while in line at our local market. I just turn around and hand them some money and say it’s on me. Then walk away. It’s a great way to put a smile on someone’s face and it makes me feel good.

    • Make Me Joyful

      Love it Chris! That’s exactly the feeling I’m trying to inspire – that you feel as good as the person who you’ve treated. Care to share where your local market is so we can all come and stand behind you in the queue?!

  5. JP

    I like to write hand-written notes on nice stationary, or invite some friends to a picnic and play guitar and sing our favorite bluegrass songs. 🙂

    • Make Me Joyful

      JP, that sounds fabulous. So glad to meet a fellow note-writer. As for the bluegrass at the picnics? Marvellous. I love hearing people play music.

  6. Oh I’m so glad I found your blog! My heart just yearns for this! A joyful life IS the life. I am looking so forward to following along. What an amazing project. 🙂

    • Make Me Joyful

      Thanks so much Margaret. So glad to have you join us.

  7. Heather

    I was so happy to read your daffodil story. It warmed my heart. I am new to this country and am healing from a very tough few years. How I would love to brighten someone’s day with a pretty bouquet.

    Thank you for your inspiration. I will be reading daily!

    • Make Me Joyful

      Hello Heather, thank you for your lovely message and welcome to the UK! So glad that we could do some heart-warming for you. I’m sorry that you’ve had a tough few years but I’m glad to hear you are healing now. Fabulous to have you as part of the Joyful Revolution; I hope the inspiration supports you to feel better and better.