It’s time to be happy.
Look, I’m pretty happy overall in my world. I can work on some personal aspects, which I am doing in time, and professionally I am pretty happy.
Let’s say this – after what I went through from 2011-2013, I can’t – and won’t – complain.
So I smile.
I try and keep in touch with friends and family.
I do more personal projects.
All of this combined makes me pretty happy overall.
Not too long ago, I was checking out a bunch of different blogs and came across something called the 100 Days of Happiness, or 100 Happy Days. So I Googled it and found it. I read things over and it sounded really kind of cool.
Basically, it’s a project where you take a photo a day of something that makes you happy and post it up on social media with a hashtag. Pretty simple, right?
In 2010, I completed the 365 challenge – a photo a day for a full year. It was tough. There were times I didn’t want to finish. I had to push through it because it became a chore, at times. That’s not what photography should be.
It should make you smile.
According to the 100 Happy Days website, 71 percent of people who attempt this challenge fail it and they say it’s because of a lack of time.
Such is life as it is in 2015, eh?
So, how’s this all work? Take a picture and submit it each day – of something that made you happy. That could be anything in the world. And hey, maybe there are repeats of sorts, but it’s what made you happy.
Then do it for 100 days straight.
This is a personal project, that’s for sure. There are no prizes or anything. But if you do it for 100 days straight, maybe there’s some additional happiness in your world. Maybe you start seeing life different.
All with one photo a day.
For starters sign up on the website. Then pick your start date and go with it.
My plan is to start February 23 and go through June 3.
Once you start, share your photo via the social media platform of your choice (I am going with Instagram), and use the public hashtag #100happydays. They also encourage you to have you own hashtag, if you’d rather, to limit publicity. I will likely come up with one for myself, just to keep track of things.
If you just want to do it through the website, you can also e-mail them your photos.
The website also gives you reasons to do it and notes what people who have finished it have said, including they started noticing what makes them happy every day, they were in better moods, they received more compliments etc.
Here’s reality – life is short and you should embrace each day. So, this is a way to try and be happy.
When done, you also get a code for 100 square prints of your 100 days.
So, anybody else in?
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