By: Sara Brink, Guest Blogger
A few months ago, I spotted the #100happydays hashtag for the first time while scrolling through my Instagram feed. It wasn’t long before I noticed it popping up everywhere, from countless Instagram photos and Facebook posts to a majority of the tweets in my Twitter timeline. After a quick Google search, I found the source of the social media frenzy: an entire website promoting a project to find more happiness in your day-to-day life. The premise sounded simple: “every day submit a picture of what made you happy” for 100 days in a row.
I reluctantly signed up for the challenge, and started off by posting photos of simple things: a fresh manicure in a bright color, my morning mug of freshly brewed coffee, a new item of clothing snagged at sale price. It started off as a fun goal that I was determined to meet every day. But even though I was intrigued by this popular social media experiment, I was also still skeptical: can anyone really be happy for 100 days in a row?
Sure, there were days where I didn’t think I had any moments worthy of posting. Social media has that effect on us— it makes us focus on the perfectly selected and filtered pieces of others lives and therefore feel ashamed of our own. There were also bad days mixed in, where it felt like nothing could possibly be labeled as “happy” within the current 24-hour time frame I was then experiencing.
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But this challenge forced me to look beyond the surface and find those fleeting moments. I was determined not to give up and walk away, and therefore went searching for the tiny bits of good scattered within my days. Eventually, the focus of my “happy days” shifted to really valuable things: dinner and conversation with good friends, taking a leap of faith and trying new things, and making time for moments of stillness. #100happydays led me to the realization that there were key elements of happiness missing from my day-to-day. By participating, I found countless things to be thankful for.
The 100 Happy Days website states it perfectly: “while the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to 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.”
Don’t forget to stop and look for the moments that make you happy.
Taking a few minutes to check in each day with happiness or gratitude practices is one of the best ways to boost your mood and energize others!
- Check out 100 Days of Happiness and give it try! Maybe 100 days is too daunting, that's ok! Start with three or five or a weekend. See what happens!
Sara Brink is a writer, blogger, and self-proclaimed book nerd. Between applying to jobs and grad schools, she serves as the founder of the virtual book club Close Reads Cafe and a member of the More Love Letters team. Catch up with her through her blog or on Twitter (@SaraMBrink).