In July, a flurry of posts on my Facebook newsfeed regarding the origin behind the #100happydays phenomenon caught my interest. I vaguely remember hearing months beforehand that some of my friends were going to participate in this challenge. I didn’t pay too much attention, but as my Facebook newsfeed kept popping up with the #100happydays story, I decided to head over to their website and check it out.
I was surprised at the simplicity of the website: http://100happydays.com But it makes perfect sense. Happiness is simplicity. The less noise and distraction the easier it is to understand the information presented to you. The gist of the exercise is to post for 100 consecutive days through a social media outlet of your choice (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) one thing that made you happy that day. I decided to use my Twitter account to record the 100 things that made me happy.
Well, I am happy to report that I have successfully completed my #100happydays challenge. I was afraid I would be part of the 71% of people that started but did not complete the challenge. I am not going to lie. There were days when I did not know what I would post. I did not think that what I did that day was spectacular or worthy of the hashtag #100happydays. But, somehow I stuck to it. I am glad that I did.
I think the #100happydays challenge made me see beyond what was right in front of me. I realized the smallest things made me smile. And through the process, I began to appreciate all the people around me who support and most of all encourage me to live life to the fullest.
Looking through my posts, I noticed that I have several food photos. Through this challenge, I found myself looking for new recipes as a way of pushing myself to try something new. Several other photos were taken outdoors. I guess living in Hawai’i it makes sense that during my down time I would spend it enjoying our diverse environment. Now that it is over, will I keep looking for more things to hashtag #100happydays? I am not sure, but I still am posting.
If you haven’t tried it yet, check out the #100happydays challenge. You will start to find yourself taking a moment to stop what you are doing and closely look around you. Have fun!
This Week’s Small Pleasures #20: http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/10/19/this-weeks-small-pleasures-20/#more-4976