The most wonderful time of the year: national stationery week

We’re in the middle of national stationery week at the moment which means that it’s time to swap the leaky biro for something more elegant, pick out your favourite notelets and put pen to paper. We all know that Happiness is Handwritten so, take advantage of the season and send someone a letter this week. And if you’d like someone new to write to, be sure to request a pen-friend here.

In honour of the week, I’m going to celebrate my current favourite stationery:

Make me Joyful National Stationery Week Sketchbook

This little letterpress sketchbook is filled with grand plans, scribbled ideas and frayed edged pictures. I’m using it to develop some exciting new projects and I can’t think of a better place to do so. Made by Bison Bookbinding.


25 happy ideas for the UN International Day of Happiness

MHappy happiness day everyone!

Today is the UN international day of happiness, which means that there is even more of an excuse to give a smile, pay a compliment and roll out some Random Acts of Joy.

If you need some inspiration, here are 25 ideas to spread some joy today.

1. Upload a picture of something that makes you happy at the wonderful Day of Happiness website.

2. Give someone a proper hug. Not a slightly awkward, limp, lacklustre one. A real squeeze. Bonus points if it’s a stranger.

3. Write a letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while.

4. Put on a favourite song and dance. Wildly.

5. Stroke an animal. Unless they’re savage like Miss Pudding. In which case, a virtual stroke will do.

6. Tell your boss that you value what they’ve taught you. Be specific. If you’re the boss, do the same for an employee.

7. Leave a random note for someone to find. If you want pretty stationery, Gabrielle is giving away a free printable here.

8. Buy yourself flowers and pick up a second bunch for someone else too.

9. Pay a stranger a compliment.

10. Send an email to all of your friends and offer to do a good deed for the first person who replies.

11. Ask your local station to write an inspiring quote on the station whiteboard. Get ideas here.

12. Flowerbomb your street and plant seeds in any spare patches of soil.

13. Spend 30 minutes packing shopping for people at the supermarket. Try not to look like you might steal their bags.

14. Let something go. Ok you may be right or you may do more or they may be frustrating, but just let it go.

15. Hide a bar of chocolate in the office with a message to ‘eat me’.

16. Give a personalised book recommendation to someone. Or send them the book anonymously.

17. Be the more loving one. Don’t get stuck in tit for tat and do something kind for your beloved.

18. Admire a neighbour’s garden or a beautiful house further down the street? Put a note through the letterbox to tell them.

19. If you’re a runner, smile at every fellow athlete you pass. Add a high-five  if you have the energy.

20. Go old school and put a request for someone on the radio.

21. Buy a stranger’s drink.

22. Meet a friend/loved one from work at the station with their name on a board.

23. Draw a picture of a friend. Sign it and send it to them.

24. Send a package of goodies to a friend’s office address. Let everyone know that they’re loved.

25. Think of someone who has made a difference in your life. Call them to tell them.

Any more to add? Leave a comment and let me know. Have a fantastically happy day.


Happy World Kindness Day



As you well know, I’m a big fan of doing Random Acts of Joy as often as possible rather than waiting for a specific moment. But there’s something even more exciting about doing them on a designated day. It’s the same reason why, no matter how regularly you enjoy a slice of cake, the piece you eat on your birthday always tastes better.

So what Random Act of Joy can you do to celebrate World Kindness Day today?

You can read my perspective in the here, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

Smile at someone. Leave a lovely comment on someone’s Facebook photo. Tell a colleague why you think they’re great at their job (even if they’re normally really annoying and leave all the work to you). Make everyone a cup of tea. Buy sweets for the team. Pick up a piece of litter. Give up your seat. Hold open the door. Send someone a postcard. Start a conversation with a stranger (not in a creepy way). Carry someone’s bag. Buy someone flowers. Call a friend and let them talk all about themselves. Pay someone a compliment. Hide a note for a stranger. Leave a treasure trail for your family to come home to (preferably leading to something nice rather than the washing up). Introduce yourself to your neighbour. Volunteer. Pat a pet.  And on and on and on. 

Let me know what you do or what some other lovely person has done for you in the comments below.