Often I’ve looked at the silly challenges, requests and fads that people take up on social media and waved it off with a “Pfft! Who are these people who have time for that rubbish?”. Fortunately I found something in January to silence the cynic in me. A friend of mine shared a rather intriguing challenge on Facebook. The challenge: Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?
It’s pretty simple really – every day submit a picture of what made you happy! From pets, to people to food – it could be anything. The website quotes “71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason. These people simply did not have time to be happy. Do you?”
The rational part of me thought – why on earth should I bother with such a ridiculous waste of time? The Gen Y in me thought briefly of all the moaning and complaining that goes onto Facebook these days and how it makes for an unenjoyable read (it also made me wonder if that’s part of the reason why I’ve retreated to Instagram more over the past 6 months…). But it was the optimist in me that finally won over – surely I can find a little piece of happiness in each of my days?
And so it began – on Saturday, 18th January, I started posting.
Some days it was the simple things in life.. leaving work on time, cute text messages and fluffy dogs:
Some days things got more ridiculous:
There were personal triumphs:
More giving, than receiving:
And yes, there was a lot of food, family and friends:
Finally on Sunday, 27th April 2014 I finished.
Allegedly originating in the US, the challenge claims that people who complete it:
– Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
– Are in a better mood every day;
– Start receiving more compliments from other people;
– Realise how lucky they are to have the life they have;
– Become more optimistic;
– Fall in love during the challenge.
Having finished a delightful 100 days, I can wholeheartedly agree that all these things are possible once completing the challenge. Along with another personal challenge finishing up on Sunday (thank you Michelle Bridges) I can definitely say I am happier and healthier than I have been in a long time. Without wearing the rose-coloured glasses of the #100happydays challenge I still am feeling the post-challenge glow. I feel like taking the time out of your day to appreciate the little things in life can be quite a challenge, but one I’m sure not to lose sight of anytime soon.
Would you ever partake in #100happydays, or are you among the 71% that would fail?
Rebecca Fernando is an Account Manager at BCM