Even though I’m trying stay away from “challenges” these days, when my soror posted this one on Facebook, I knew it was one that I need in my life right now. I live a charmed life by many measures and yet I’m constantly feeling down in the dumps because I’m focused on the wrong things. I believe that trying to make it to #100happydays will help me adjust my perspective by emphasizing the moments in my life that bring me joy, instead the of the ones that rob me of peace.
What I like about this challenge is that it’s designed to be a personal mission. “It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting.” You can choose to post pictures online using the #100happydays hashtag (or one you make up) or submit them privately to the sponsoring site. However you want to document the daily moments that remind you to be happy.
It can be hard to remember in this blogging/social media world but sometimes the happiest moments are the ones that aren’t posted for all the world to see. I was reminded of that this weekend, when I put away my phone and focused on having an amazing Valentine’s Day with Mr. Forever. The moments captured on video were shared with family and not the world, our goofy smiles were just for us and while our dinner at Olio was delicious, I didn’t need 100 “likes” to confirm that I was having a romantic evening. Sometimes sharing our joy multiplies it, but other times it’s okay to keep special memories to ourselves. It’s not selfish or “shady”, it’s just personal.
I’m choosing to document my 100 Happy Days on my personal Instagram account, which is not a part of my blogging platform. Every so often, I may share some of my happy moments here on the blog, or on the Facebook page and hopefully they’ll bring you some joy as well.
I would encourage you to think about joining the 100 Happy Days project, whether you choose to do it publicly or privately. If photos aren’t your thing, consider keeping a gratitude journal. However you decide to do it, approach your days deliberately seeking reasons to be happy. Life’s too long to be anything else.
Are you joining the 100 Happy Days Project? If you’re sharing publicly feel free to leave a link in the comments to the place where other readers can share in your happy moments!