What #100HappyDays Meant to Me.
Over the course of my participation in the 100 Happy Days project, several people mentioned how inspiring my participation was to them. Now that the 100 days have passed, I have spent some time reflecting on what this project meant to me. Hopefully I will even encourage a few of you to try it out as well.
I am guessing that if you are reading this you know a little about this project, but if not, here is a very simplistic explanation: Each day, for 100 days, post a picture of something that made you happy that day. As someone who loves pictures and has a pretty optimistic and happy outlook on life, I loved the project idea. Aside from that, I had several question marks in my life when I started and it seemed like the perfect project to turn the question marks into exclamation points.
A few days into the project I set a daily alarm on my phone that would remind me to make a post for the project in case the business of a day let it slip by me. Well now the project has ended and I still have the alarm set. Why? Because what I took from the project was valuable and shouldn’t be lost after 100 days, it should be a habit.
The first week or so was easy. It was fresh in my mind and I sought out the great things in those days. Inevitably though, those days come that are busy and sometimes, dare I say it, there are bad days – ones where life just seems to be getting the best of you and forcing you to put up a fight. You know what? That’s okay, it’s life. What did I do on those days? I posted my happy day post. That’s what I found to be the beauty of the project. On those days, the project was more important than on the days where life was grand. It persuaded me to find the happiness in the day. “Maybe the day wasn’t great, but what got you through it?” This is the question I would ask myself. Maybe it was a hug, maybe it was the simple coffee for a tired day, maybe it was knowledge that something good was on your horizon. Sometimes it was a quote that captured what you needed to remind yourself of in order to keep going.
Happiness is a perspective, an attitude, a habit of sorts – this is the perfect summary. I changed my perspective on the hard days to find it. It truly became a habit to look at each moment and when possible capture it in a photograph that I could reflect on when I want to remember the great blessings I have in life. Happiness truly showed to be a habit. Now each night when my alarm goes off to post my 100happydays, I find that I take a moment to reflect on the day – sometimes it’s a few seconds, sometimes it’s a few minutes. The project may be finished for me, but what I took from it will not be lost. If I can share a perspective, attitude and habit of happiness with others I will be grateful.
100HappyDays isn’t about having 100 great and wonderful days – it’s about finding something to smile about in each one of them, the good and the bad. It’s about creating a mindset of positivity and training yourself to find the happiness perspective, attitude and habit. Try it out! Set an alarm and start sharing with others what makes you happy and what gets you through your days. Here’s the great part – this is for you. If you miss a day, you won’t be punished. Just jump back on the next day. Sometimes you’re too busy being happy and enjoying life to post and that is what it’s all about – doing what you love, living life and finding the happiness in its chaos. Here’s to #morehappydays.