Project: Team QueenPrincess is an experiment in health and healing. To prepare for the major surgery that will take place on June 25th, I am attempting to create a “happiness advantage” in my life over the next 24 days that will help me prepare both my body and mind for the surgery itself and for post-surgery recovery.
The goal of Project: Team QueenPrincess is to build the support network/ community to make this attempt to create a happiness advantage in my life actually work. To build this community, I need your involvement. There are five different levels of involvement and each comes with its own rewards. Please see below for details.
The author of The Happiness Advantage and Positive Psychologist, Shawn Achor, tells us that creating a happiness advantage in our lives can increase our effectiveness and productivity in almost any endeavor. I believe that surgery is no exception to this rule. I am going to go into this surgery so hopped up on dopamine and full of crazy happiness that my body will recover as if it were filled with the light of the sun. Right? Right. I have adapted Achor’s suggested list of ways to create a happiness advantage into “The Happy Practices” below, incorporating suggestions from both his book and his TED talk.
The currency I am seeking: Mojo. What is it? How will I use it?:
Instead of money (as in a kickstarter campaign), I am asking for your Mojo. Your Mojo is that je ne sais quoi quality that separates you from every other person on the planet. It is your magic. It is your soul-essence. It is your fire. It is the unique configuration of your DNA. However you want to conceive of it, your Mojo is that part of you that burns when you desire something, that droops and sometimes even drops out completely when you are hurting, and that drifts sweetly afloat among the clouds when you are falling in love.
It occurs to me as I’m writing this that Mojo is a far more valuable commodity than money. Yet, we give it away all the time. We spend it as unwisely as we do money sometimes. We give it then have it thrown back in our faces sometimes. And sometimes, we give it and change the shape of someone’s life or grieving or dreams. We give away our Mojo all day long in many different ways. I am asking you to consider spending a little bit of your Mojo on Team QueenPrincess over the next 24 days.
Team QueenPrincess will use whatever Mojo you choose to give to create a happiness advantage for the QueenPrincess (a.k.a., JodiAnn Stevenson, a.k.a., me). This happiness advantage will carry me through the scary anticipation of the next 24 days, help strengthen my physical body to create a favorable outcome in both my surgery and my recovery, and keep my spirits up post-surgery.
The Happy Practices – these are the practices I will be completing each day. You will only be asked to engage in some of these practices, if you choose the role of Teammate.
One Good Thing: I will post a quick explanation of one positive experience I have had in the last 24 hours.
3 Gratitudes: I will post a list of three things I am grateful for.
Exercise: I will move my body at least 30 minutes then post details.
Meditation: I will meditate for at least 10 minutes then post a brief reflection on how it went.
Intentional Kindness for Others: I will intentionally commit an act of kindness for someone else then post about it (probably not telling what I did so much as how it felt to commit the act).
Intentional Kindness for Self: I will intentionally commit an act of kindness for myself then post about it.
Looking Forward: I will post a brief explanation of something I am looking forward to in the next 24 hours.
Team QueenPrincess Rolebook & Rewards -- choose your role according to how much time and energy you want to give to Team QueenPrincess. How much time and energy you want to give to Team QueenPrincess will probably depend on many factors, including: how much you believe in the cause; how much you want to get back from your involvement; what your special talents are, and how intrigued you are by this whole bizarre project.
Booster – you give 1-5% of your Mojo. Your name is on the list of people who support Team QueenPrincess but, aside from that declaration of support, there are no rules regulating your involvement. Once you’ve declared your support, give or don’t give your Mojo, as you wish.
Booster Reward: I will give my boosters regular updates and shout-outs on the QueenPrincess facebook site, once each week. I will also send you a real-life Team QueenPrincess booster badge in the real mail, for real.
Fan – you give 6-10% of your Mojo. Your name is on the list of people who support Team QueenPrincess and at least once each week, you need to send QueenPrincess a fan message expressing your support.
Fan Reward: I will give my fans regular updates and shout-outs on the QueenPrincess facebook site as well as sending you or posting to your facebook an ego-boosting meme of love each week. I will also send you a real-life Team QueenPrincess fan badge in the real mail, for real.
Cheerleader – you give 11-25% of your Mojo. Your name is on the list of people who support Team QueenPrincess and at least 5 times each week, you need to post a message of encouragement to the QueenPrincess facebook page.
Cheerleader Reward: I will post back ego-boosting encouragement and love to you, at least three times each week. I will also send you a real-life Team QueenPrincess cheerleader badge and a cute set of pom-pons in the real mail, for real.
Coach – you give 26-50% of your Mojo. Your name is on the list of people who support Team QueenPrincess and at least once everyday, you need to send QueenPrincess a message of advice.
Coach Reward: I will give my coaches regular updates and shout-outs every single day. I will blog every single day about how I can integrate their advice into my life. I will also send you a real-life Team QueenPrincess coach badge and a loud, bossy coach whistle in the real mail, for real.
Teammate – you give 51-100% of your Mojo. Your name is on the list of people who support Team QueenPrincess and you actively engage in at least three happy practices each day then post about your happy practices on the QueenPrincess facebook page.
Teammate Reward: I will be a coach on your team! Send me an explanation of your current big challenge – or post it on the QueenPrincess facebook page if you aren’t shy about sharing it with everyone. I will fulfill the role of “coach,” as outlined above, for you by sending you a message of advice (or posting it on your facebook page) each day. I will also send you a real-life Team QueenPrincess teammate badge and a Team QueenPrincess t-shirt in the real mail, for real.
To sign-up for Team QueenPrincess, please do ONE of the following things:
1) Send a personal message to my inbox on either my personal facebook account or on the QueenPrincessGypsyMoJo facebook page or…
2) send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your sign-up message should include the following:
1) your name (doesn’t have to be real or even a full name)
2) your level of involvement (or “role”)
3) your mailing address (unless you want to forgo your awesome gifts)
4) a quick explanation of whether you will be connecting to Team QueenPrincess via facebook, the MoJo’s Kitchen blog, or email.
5) if you are a teammate, what's your current big challenge/ something you want to work on over the next 24 days?
Besides the Silly (I mean, er... awesome) Rewards, What's in it for you?
Did you know that helping others allows you to feel a part of something larger than yourself and when you feel that you are a part of something larger than yourself, you increase the happiness hormones in your brain which turn on all the learning centers in your brain -- increasing your effectiveness in all areas of your life? So, that's the first thing.
The second thing is by helping me create a community of support for this one surgery, you are also creating a community of support for yourself. Who knows how long this community of support might last or who you'll meet along the way.
Creating a happiness advantage is something all of us can benefit from doing. And, even if you only involve yourself at the level of "Booster" -- just tossing your support out there into the universe, creates a sense of having done something meaningful in you which will lead to at least a little temporary bliss. The more involved you get, the larger the happiness advantage.
Thanks for taking the time to read! And thank your for considering lending your involvement to this project. At the very least, you will truly help make my surgery and recovery better. At the most, we might start something positively contagious here. Instead of running campaigns for trying to get people's money, everyone will be sharing each other's Mojo! Let's see what happens!
In the meantime,
cook, eat, run, walk, bike, down dog, swim, dance, and whatever else you do to make it happen WITH LOVE!