100 Happy Days

I’m not really a “meme” kind of guy. I remember when I first began blogging and people would send “awards” to each other, I participated in a couple but then thought the whole concept was pretty silly. Heck…I remember even trying to do a Photo 365 project where you took a picture once a day for an entire year. That fizzled out QUICKLY as there just didn’t seem to be a purpose to it.

I have found a meme that inspires me.

100happydays

100 Happy Days is meant to help you enjoy the moment that you are in. “The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.” I haven’t been the happiest of people lately, being withdrawn and disappointed with myself on a number of levels. My hope is that reminding myself every single day for 100 days of what is good in my life will help get me back to being me.

The website says that 71% of the people who try to complete this challenge fail because of lack of time. But when you think about it, is life really THAT BUSY that you don’t have time to be happy once a day?

So what is this challenge? It’s simple…post a picture every single day that makes you happy. That’s it. Whether it’s a great meal or something your child said to you or a beautiful sunset…it’s simply a reminder of one thing that made you happy that day.

thumbnailAnd while I’ll be posting the photos on my Instagram account and Twitter feed, this challenge isn’t really designed to be a meme for the world to see. It’s a challenge designed for me and me alone. It’s not a competition or an attempt to make others happy or jealous via my photos. If I do that (or use older photos to “cheat” and complete the meme), then I’ve lost before I’ve even started.

So I’ll be sharing my photos using the hashtag #100HappyDays. Do a quick search on Twitter for it and you’ll see how much this meme is spreading. And it’s not because of anything other than reminding yourself of how good life is. As the website says, this meme has its advantages…

People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:

 – Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
 – Be in a better mood every day;
 – Start receiving more compliments from other people;
 – Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
 – Become more optimistic.

I don’t know about you, but those are some pretty awesome reasons. If you’d like to join in, by all means let me know because I’d love to follow it. If not, no worries…I’m still going to do this for myself anyway.

I need this.

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