So you are inspired, excited and ready to go out into the world and make it a happy place? Good for you. You have the desire, but do you have the ideas? Let me share some insight in what helps me to come up with my ideas for magical missions and creative kindness.
As an additional resource you can look into some brainstorming principles here. These are useful for setting idea generating ground rules. Assuming you are settled in the general brainstorming department, below are more specific tips to get you started.
Think: happy things
Make a list of happy things. For example: helium balloons, confetti, coffee, glitter, compliments and hula-hoops. Select one and think of ways to turn it into an action. Take helium balloons. What different scenarios are there? You can give them to people, you can release a 100 at the same time so people can enjoy the view, you can stuff them together in an elevator on a Monday morning or you can inhale the helium, talk in a funny voice and make people laugh. See how I would get to the idea of making wishing balloons? It is just one of the many possible scenarios. In the same way you could get to peanut glitter bombs when brainstorming about glitter (or peanuts).
Ask: How can I make this better/brighter/happier?
When you go about your day, look at your surrounding with intent. How could you make it more interesting? How can you brighten up the place? Some dirt can be the soil for flowers to grow in, a mirror is just a place to stick a kind note to and an ugly stain can become a piece of art. Constantly look at the world with an eye to improve it. If you open yourself up to idea of changing your environment for the better, your mind will subconsciously start to toss ideas.
Use: anything you have lying around
Another way to go about magical mission ideas is to simply start from what you have. Helium balloons are fun, but I don’t keep a closet-full of them at all times. Look around. What do you have that could be interesting? Chalk, pencils, paper, books, flowers? Often you don’t need a lot to make people smile. With a bit of creativity and a loving attitude you can transform any household object into a magical mission.
Any methods you would like to add to this list?
March 22, 2014 at 19:59
You’re awesome. I wish I could be more like you.
March 23, 2014 at 21:15
March 22, 2014 at 21:41
Great tips! The last one is my favorite, and it always works best to inspire me. And when it comes to being completely uninspired, I try not to force it; instead, I’ll do something to stir up my mind like take a walk and scrutinize everything, and if an idea happens to come to mind, good! :)
March 23, 2014 at 21:16
Yes that’s a good tip. Sometimes it just doesn’t work if you force it too much ;)
March 23, 2014 at 20:07
all good suggestions, I see how you have used these ideas to make your own happiness projects :)
thanks for the inspiration