A brief note on Writing Yourself Happier

I’m just going to write a quick note today, but feel it’s an important one- especially nowadays when the pandemic seems to go on and on- and we can always use a little happiness. Basically, I’m asking you to use your creativity- to know it is there in you- because we are all creative beings- and to use it to write yourself happier!

When we focus on what makes us feel happy, even the little things (maybe especially the little things), and we notice how and where we feel that happiness in our bodies, we will feel happier!

This is a quick post with a big, but not hard, writing prompt.

Writing prompt:

Notice around you every day and write down things that make you feel good. Write down at least three things each day. They might be simple like the hawk resting on a tree branch across the street, the two-year old neighbor pushing his way down the sidewalk on a balance bike, the longest earthworm you’ve ever seen. It could be big like a letter in the mail saying you paid off your student loans, a certificate award recognizing you ran 5k, a birthday card from a friend you thought was gone from your life. They might be big or small, but write down a few every day.

After a few days or even a week, compile the list into a poem. You can plug them into the computer and move them around a bit. You might see themes that stick out to you. And you may not use all of the things you write- that’s okay- just take them out. If you like what you think should be taken out, move it into another document to use in another poem or piece of writing- no worries.

Use the ones you want and create from it a poem. This may be in complete sentences or just a list of images. Be creative. Use your creativity to grow your happiness. 

You can write yourself happier!

Thank you for writing with us! If you would like to write every week to boost your happiness and mental health, please sign up for the blog!

Be safe. Be well.

Best,

Liza Wolff-Francis

 

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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