Cheers to 100 Happy Days

Posted: May 23, 2014 in Must-Tries
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I would like to think I’m a positive person. I tend to look at situations with an optimistic view. I rather look at the glass as half full than half empty.

But, that’s on most days.

There are those times when something really minor may have gone wrong and the rest of the day just seems to follow in a downward spiral. Those days I wake up on the wrong side of the bed and can’t help but get annoyed by everything and everyone that interacts with me. Now trying to maintain my optimism, it really does bother me that a day which consists of 24 hours can be ruined within minutes. I want to figure out a way to change that. Which is why the #100happydays challenge caught my attention.

#100happydays#100happydays, n.d. photograph, viewed 22 May 2014, <www.100happydays.com>

How does it work?

It’s pretty simple. You submit a picture of what made you happy every day for 100 days consecutively.

Three ways to submit your pictures

  1. Share your pictures via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the public hashtag #100happydays
  2. Come up with your own hashtag to share your pictures to limit publicity.
  3. Send your pictures to myhappydays (at) 100happydays.com to avoid publicity.

What do you get out of completing this challenge?

Aside from a little 100 page book with your 100 happy days, there are several reasons why you might want to consider signing up! You will:

  1. Start noticing what makes you happy every day;
  2. Be in a better mood every day;
  3. Start receiving more compliments from other people;
  4. Realize how lucky you are to have the life you have;
  5. Become more optimistic;
  6. Fall in love during the challenge.

I think what intrigued me the most (as if all the above reasons didn’t do it) was the following statistic provided by the foundation:

71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason.

I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that almost three quarters of the people did not complete the challenge because of lack of time. How hard could it be to find one thing that makes you happy every day? Has our lives really gotten that busy, that we don’t have time for happiness? I refuse to accept this, and so, as of May 22, 2014 I officially started the #100happydays challenge. Do you have what it takes to be happy for 100 days?

DAY ONE

Late night movie in a theatre all to ourselves #100happydays

Late night movie in a theatre all to ourselves #100happydays

 

 

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Comments
  1. autoblot says:

    It does seem pretty surprising that such a high percentage of people said lack of time was the issue. Maybe they were thinking about it like a chore, instead of a challenge or something that would make them feel better?

  2. rebeccaraveendran says:

    That could be a strong possibility. Going on day eight, I already kind of notice the difficulty of the challenge. Sometimes I take the picture and think to send it in later and almost forget by the end of the night! But I’m still in the game!

  3. Reblogged this on The Balanced Belle and commented:
    I accept this challenge, and challenge my readers to it as well! Who’s with me?

  4. Great article! I am going to sign up in hopes I can complete this as well! Good luck! Happy thoughts!

  5. I think it’s posting the picture part that people have a time issue with. I was in until I read that part. But having said that, you just gave me a future idea for my blog. That makes me happy! Thanks!

  6. mikecornack says:

    Optimism, appreciation, and a great attitude are the keys to happiness and, ultimately, health and success! Taking a moment, not only for 100 days, but every day, will help achieve all of the above.

  7. lilmoe24 says:

    How is it going now? Any more photos to post so we can see what’s made you smile?

    • rebeccaraveendran says:

      It’s going great! I just reached the quarter mark yesterday. You actually just gave me a great idea for a follow up post which I will upload later on tonight with loads of pictures! Thanks for the help. Stay tuned!

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