My Happiness Prescription & Why Mind Management Matters

I’ve been super conscious of my mind, since I realized that I have anxiety. For so long I was worried about exercising my body and eating healthy, but I never thought about doing the same for my mind. It all started with journaling here and there. Then came listening to podcast to help me ease my mind. It all ended up leading to my Happiness Prescription — a checklist of things that I do each day to maintain a happy and healthy mind.

I can’t take credit for this idea though. Ingrid Nilsen talked about how she crafted her own Happiness Prescription on her podcast Ladies Who Lunch. She said that it really boosted her entire day, so I knew I had to try it. To put it simply, it’s a list of four things that guarantee to make you happy and boost your positivity. The goal is to do three things on the list every single day.

It sounds simple, but this list has completely changed my life. After following the list for months now, I can see a direct correlation between my mood and my Happiness Prescription.

I thought it was silly to do for a while, so I kept the list to myself. After telling a few of my close friends about it, they thought that it was an awesome idea too. That’s when I knew that I had to share it with you. If this mind management skill helps even one person the way that it helped me, then it will all be worth it.

Happiness Prescription

When I first started my list, it was a matter of setting my routine. For the first few weeks I would write a physical checklist down on paper. Having something to check off is really important to my personal mind management. I love to see the checks and physically know that I crossed something off of my list. Now that it’s been a while, these things come second nature to me.

Your list doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. You’ll see that my Happiness Prescription is filled with things that might seem simple, but are very important for me. It’s not set in stone, either. There were some things on my list that just weren’t manageable for my every day life, so I tweaked it to make it enjoyable for me.

Here’s what is on my Happiness Prescription:

1. Get Outside

This might seem simple to you, but it’s the most important one on my list. Because I work from home, there are some days that I literally don’t go outside. My social anxiety leaves me stranded in the house at times too. Whether this is taking a walk around the block or going somewhere to have lunch with a friend, it gets a check off the list.

2. Reach Out To A Friend

Again, this one is mainly for my social anxiety. I realized that, now and growing up, I stuck to only a few really great friendships. It was a goal of mine to make sure to be a better friend this year. I check this box off by meeting with a friend for coffee or just sending them a text to see how they’re doing.

3. Cook Myself A Healthy Meal

Working from home means that I’m often at coffee shops or anywhere else with wifi. A lot of time that means getting snacks or meals on the go. Making it a priority to have at least one healthy home-cooked meal let’s me put my health at the forefront. I also really love to cook, which does wonders for my mental health too.

4. Journal Or Read

Journaling is one of my favorite things to do. Like I said before, it really helps me keep my mind at ease and get all of my feelings out on paper. It’s important for me to write personally, since I write all day every day for work. When I don’t feel like writing, I read. Books give me the same mental escape as journaling.

I don’t do every single one of these things every day. The rules are to do three of the four things to fill the Happiness Prescription for the day.

My list didn’t always look like this, either. Originally, I had working out on the list. I realized that I didn’t truly enjoy going to the gym, so I changed it to going outside. I enjoy taking a walk around the block way more than I do going for a run. It’s all about what make you happy the most.

What do you guys think of the Happiness Prescription? I’d love to hear about the things that make you the happiest in the comments section. Even if you don’t want to jump full force into the list, make sure you do at least one thing today that makes you happy!




  • lifeofangela

    This is a really great idea! It’s nice to have these reminders of little things that make you happy throughout the day! Going outside is a big one for me too, fresh air can do wonders for my mindset

    October 4, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      It does wonders for my anxiety too! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post xx.

      October 4, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply
  • Kasia Jaworski

    I absolutely love this idea!! I can’t wait to start doing this. Thank you for sharing xo

    October 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      You are so welcome! I hope this helps you as much as it did me! xx.

      October 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm Reply
  • Brittney Ross

    What an awesome post, Kali! You are such an inspiration and I really enjoy reading these kinds of posts! This week has been tough for me but I’m going to meet up with a friend tonight for some good ol’ fashioned laughter! Thank you for your honesty and positive outlook, you’re just the best! xo

    October 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I hope that friend time did you well! Remember how it made you feel, and try to make it something on you Happiness Prescription too! You’re so welcome for the post, and I’m glad it could help you xx.

      October 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply
  • sayeedahsparkles

    Journaling has helped me through so much! It’s crazy because I used to hate writing and now I find it therapeutic!

    October 4, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      There are SO many types of writing. Some people like bullet journals, structured journals, or just scribbling down their own thoughts. Once you find the right one, magic happens! xx.

      October 6, 2017 at 6:34 pm Reply
  • True Bliss

    I absolutely love this idea! This is a great way of practicing self care and is totally manageable as you can create the list to fit your needs. I love all the ideas on your list, especially the reaching out to a friend (we all get so busy sometimes) and finding time to read! This is a great post. xo

    October 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Exactly! It’s so nice to feel like you are in control of your own happiness and not someone else. Thanks so much for stopping by! xx.

      October 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm Reply
  • nataliesalchemy

    My sister doesn’t have social anxiety, but anxiety in general, and we both noticed that her anxiety was much worse when she was cooped up in the house. She had more time to think, and thus, she thought detrimental thoughts. She now has been working and going to school consistently, and her anxiety has improved so much, so I definitely see how going outside could be so important!

    Natalie | Natalie’s Alchemy

    October 4, 2017 at 11:58 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you so much for sharing, Natalie! It sounds like she had her own Happiness Prescription before I did. I hope everything continues to go well for both of you! xx.

      October 6, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • K.M. Sutton

    Love love LOVE this! I have depression and anxiety and there are times (especially during the Winter) that even such mundane activities like getting out of bed, or showering, I count as successes. It really can be the little things. Thank you for being so honest and so open. Huge hugs and os much love to you sweets! <3

    October 7, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I can completely relate to how you feel. I’m interested to see how my Happiness Prescription works this winter. Hugs right back to you! xx.

      October 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply
      • K.M. Sutton

        Thanks beauty! SO many hugs to you! I hope it works out for you! <3 🙂

        October 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply
  • kittyp0p

    What a wonderful idea! Glad it’s been working for you (: I’m definitely gonna tell my boyfriend about this and we might both give it a go

    October 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply
  • stephanie (@stephanieamber)

    oh i REALLY love this! especially with the weather turning cold and dark, it’s so easy for me to lose sight of what brought my life in the middle of summer. i’ll definitely be utilizing this! <3

    October 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I’m so glad that it could help you! Please let me know how it goes! xx.

      October 11, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply

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