I am sure by now that I am totally sounding like a broken record to you. For the last 3 weeks, I have been rambling about hashtag this, social media that, and I truly apologize to those of you who do not spend a lot of time on the internet.
I’m sorry to say I have to do it again this week, but happy to report that contrarily to previous weeks, this week’s trend can be followed online and offline.
100 HAPPY DAYS was launched on December 30th of last year by a 27 year old guy living in Switzerland. It is a positive, simple social media experiment that invites people to share a photo of something that makes them happy, every day, for 100 days. They post it on their social media of choice, along with a short explanation of the picture and the hashtag 100HappyDays. They can also use one of its variations, or a customized one. (I use #100daysofhappy).
The website–100happydays.com–claims that 71% of those who tried the challenge didn’t finish it and quoted “lack of time” as the number one reason why. But how much time does it take to post a pic really? Do they just don’t have time to be happy?
I started my own challenge on March 28th and I have to admit that doing so has caused me to stop, pause, reflect and truly appreciate the things that I have photographed thus far.
Being conscious of what makes you happy can do wonders in your life. This challenge is just a fun easy way to increase your awareness. By doing this for a whole 100 days, it will also create a new habit, the habit of daily thankfulness, that will probably stick with you long after the challenge is done. Perhaps you won’t be posting a reminder of things, people or moments anymore, but you will take mental pictures which you will cherish forever.
I invite you to hop on board, even if you are not an internet user; take a good ol’ pen and paper to keep a journal inventory of your moments. Be creative, Make a scrapbook…
Why would you do that? (taken from the website)
People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
- Start noticing what makes them happy every day- Be in a better mood every day;
- Start receiving more compliments from other people;
- Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
- Become more optimistic;
- Fall in love during the challenge.
Even when the challenge is over, your collected 100 happy moments can always remind you about the beauty of your life.
“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”