100 Happy Days Reviewed
"Life moves pretty fast.If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Ferris Bueller
Early last April I asked whether you could practice happiness.
I had come across a challenge of spending 100 consecutive days noticing the little things, taking a picture, and articulating what SPECIFICALLY makes me happy.
I'm always shooting pictures anyway, so how unusual could the challenge be? Would posting according to a "happiness quota" make any impact on my life? Probably not, but it would be fun anyhow, so I was "in."
I chronicled the journey on my Instagram feed and the result was FAR more interesting than I imagined.
In case you didn't follow along, my days broke down into the major categories you would expect.
There were plenty (34) pictures with family. The date nights.Our silly kids.The group selfies (which are usually the best way to prove I was actually with the family).But there were also lots of images with friends (23). Friends near by (ish)And some further flung.I love when God shows off his handiwork so there were plenty of nature pictures (14).Since we call our lab Mack "The Happiest Dog On The Planet," you can imagine he was a regular(13 pictures).For as much as I like food, I only had four pictures under #100happy days. Of course In-n-Out made the cut...The remaining 12 images were a hodge-podge of random things I love such as travel, water balloons, Legos, a roller coaster, a candle. Nothing tremendous. All little things really.
And that was, in the end, the absolute best thing about this exercise; noticing happy things, even when they are little, increases happy feelings.
You'll probably want to tweet that profound thought out! I realize it seems obvious, but a consistent daily dose of ACKNOWLEDGING happy things in life is really moving.
During these past 100 days, there's been a new baby in the family!A graduate!And countless summer adventures.Every single day has delivered multiple experiences for which I am grateful because I stopped to notice. I would like to think I would have noticed anyway, but after 100 days, I'm pretty sure the challenge pushed me to focus in ways I wouldn't have otherwise.
Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the incredible feedback I've received from friends. My friend Susan jumped into the challenge immediately and is days away from completing the task. My friend Bridget just started her adventure recently.And another friend has been just texting me her happy days (which is phenomenal!) If you haven't tried this yet, please do. I can't imagine you would ever regret it.
I've already decided to take the challenge out for another spin in 2016! I can't wait.
Thanks for following along.