Last month on Facebook a friend of mine posted something about a challenge she was doing called #100HappyDays. I was intrigued so I asked her what it was. She told me it’s a challenge where you write about something that makes you happy every day for 100 days. It sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, so I was curious about where it would take me.
I headed over to the challenge website where they explain what the challenge is and why it was developed. The idea behind it is that it’s an avenue for you to take time out of your day to write about anything at all that made you happy that day. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular, it could be catching up with a friend, having coffee at your favourite café, or spending time with your pet. The ultimate goal is for you live more in the moment, which will ultimately lead to longer term happiness.
The websites emphasises that it’s not about showing off, making people jealous, or making out like you have the best life ever and nothing gets you down. It’s about taking time out of your day to reflect on that one moment that made you happy, to realise that there is a lot of good in your life even if it’s just one moment during the day. Whatever the moment, it’s important to acknowledge it as it makes you appreciate your day /life more.
I undertook some further reading on the challenge and saw comments by the media and Psychologists stating that the challenge is impossible and unrealistic as no one can be happy all of the time. I’m under no illusion that the challenge is about being happy 100% of the time for 100 days, that’s impossible. For me, it’s about appreciating the small moments of each day that make me happy. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes, or 5 minutes, or even just a thought. It’s about appreciating the good with the bad, acknowledging that life’s not all bad, and each day brings different emotions and experiences, some of which are great.
I’m excited and a little curious on how I will feel after this. I will be posting a summary of my days on the blog so stay tuned. If you’re feeling inspired to join in here’s the challenge website http://100happydays.com/
Since writing this post I’ve completed this challenge. Here’s the remaining days: