Think of it as your personal cheerleader and assistant.

By Tamara Kraus
Updated August 24, 2017
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If you’ve browsed Pinterest for even a split second, chances are you stumbled upon The Happy Planner. You probably thought to yourself, “What in the world is a happy planner? And will it actually change my life?” The answer? It's a motivational planner that's taking the Internet by storm. And, yes, it will change your life. Here’s what you need to know:

The company Me and My Big Ideas created the original The Happy Planner, and others quickly followed suit. Aside from the fact that these all-in-one planners are adorable, they’re also the most functional item you’ll own to keep your life on track. The original version comes in three sizes and features gorgeous covers for every personality. Every month has a place for birthdays, goals, important notes, and an inspiring message before you turn the page to a new month. You can also punch in an additional "happy note" for extra encouragement and store your favorite memories in built-in pouches. Basically, this planner doubles as an addictive craft project.

And as far as the other happy planners you’ve seen on Pinterest, there are many kinds, all with various benefits. Some such as the “practice you” journal is like a guided meditation. Inside, there are writing prompts and meditation practices, in pretty watercolors and dreamy designs, you can do to lift your spirits. And if you really want to dive into planning, you can even make your own—there are plenty of printables up for grabs on Pinterest.

Whether you need motivation or want to channel your creativity on a daily basis, the happy planner trend is one to get behind. Your schedule and your mind will thank you.