The Happiness Planner
The Happiness Planner is designed to help people live a happier and more fulfilling life by mastering the art of positive thinking, mindfulness, gratitude, and self-development.
Where did you get the idea for your business?
I started an inspirational blog a few years ago. Initially, it was just a place for me to keep all the inspirational quotes I came across. However, as the blog grew to attract a larger audience, my desire and passion to inspire people to live a purpose and passion-driven life became stronger. I decided that I didn’t want to just share other people’s quotes anymore; I wanted to share my own voice. About a year later, my blog grew to the point where my articles were being shared in The Huffington Post, Addicted2Success, The Good Men Project and Thought Catalog, and being translated into other languages.
I was receiving emails from my readers every day telling me how inspiring my blog was to them. So, I decided to ask my readers “If I could write about one thing that makes your day, what should I write about?” Many of them replied and said they wanted to learn how to be happier and more positive. I noticed that there was a lot of books and articles out there about positive thinking, but it’s not something that you can magically change overnight. I believe that you need to practice over and over until your mind is trained. It’s like picking up a new sport or learning a new language. We can’t just change overnight. It takes weeks and months of practice until it feels natural to focus on the positive. So, I tried to come up with an idea for something that could be easily integrated into people’s lives and help them shift their mindset and attitude to be more positive and grateful, and harness the power of their own personal development. Then I realized that a lot of people still use paper planners and I noticed a gap in the market for a pretty planner that focuses on personal development. So I gave birth to the idea of The Happiness Planner.
How important for you has it been to have a mentor?
At the moment, I don’t have a direct mentor. But I have consulted and talked to a lot of people especially at the beginning of the journey. I’m actually looking for a mentor in the e-commerce space because we’re at the point where we have to focus on growth. But it’s not that easy to find the exact mentor in your field. If you don’t have a mentor, I guess you have the internet as your mentor. I highly recommend Quora. There are a lot of useful threads about startups. I found out about my fulfilment company through a Quora thread. Working on a startup can be lonely especially without a mentor. Make sure you attend meetups and events and connect with like-minded people. Co-working spaces are great. You may end up finding a mentor there too.