Have I Found The Secret To Happiness?

For the last two weeks I’ve been doing one little thing every day to acknowledge things that make me happy.

And I’m very surprised to discover that this one little thing seems to have flipped my happy switch. I am suddenly feeling so cheerful and satisfied with life.

Not that I was miserable and unsatisfied before. I was more just on some kind of mood autopilot that was set to an intermediate buzz. Sometimes I got stuck in a fog of irritation or boredom. Sometimes I was cranky and snippy. All those moods got my attention because they usually resulted in me yelling or complaining. Positive moods were ignored completely.

Now I am conscious of things that make me happy. And it’s a lot more things that I expected. A lot.

The one little thing I’m doing every day is posting a photo on my personal Facebook page of something that’s made me happy that day. It’s part of the 100 Happy Days Challenge. I started the challenge after seeing some of my friends posting their happy photos on Facebook and I thought it was a cute thing to do. (I am doing it on my personal page because I didn’t think my blog readers would be interested in a photo a day. Plus, some of the stuff is quite personal.)

I found happiness under my lunch on Friday. Proving that you do find happiness where you least expect it.

I found happiness under my lunch on Friday. Proving that you do find happiness where you least expect it.

Now I’m finding it difficult to decide what particular happy thing to post each day. There are so many things to be happy about. I have been constantly monitoring my state of mind, unconsciously, like a tongue probing a sore tooth. And I’m a much more positive and optimistic person that I thought I was! Take *that* family history of depression!

I suspect this 100 happy day challenge might be drawing on the concept of neuro-linguistic programming but I don’t really know enough about that. All I know is that the challenge is working for me … and I didn’t even start it in a bid to be happier. I just thought it would be fun, especially now I have a smartphone so I have a camera — albeit a pretty crappy one — on me all the time.

This smile makes me happy. (Camera phone crappiness and all.)

This smile makes me happy. (Even when captured by a crappy camera phone.)

Anybody else want to try the challenge? All you have to do is pick a platform (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and post a photo a day of what makes you happy. Because being pressured doesn’t make me happy, I am not too fussed if I miss a day.

You can go to the challenge website to read the details. You can make the challenge public by using hashtags or you can opt for a higher level of privacy. I have no idea whether the people running the website will benefit financially from the challenge or not. I am enjoying things so much I don’t really care. I just want to spread the joy.

Even if you can’t be bothered with the challenge, leave a comment telling me what one thing made you happy today? It would make me deliriously happy if you did.

 

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By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.

7 Comments

  1. Denise says:

    When I have a day off, I eat ice cream for breakfast. Today it was one of those days. It always makes me exceedingly happy.

  2. Jenny says:

    Nice idea – but for me, this would result in 100 pictures from my baby girl… Which I take all the same. But I am quite happy anyways 🙂
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  3. karen says:

    I had marmite on toast for breakfast.

  4. Ganeshkumar says:

    Great Post. And what a novel idea about the 100 day challenge. Brilliant. I will try to post on my page as well. Thanks for this innovative idea.
    Ganeshkumar recently posted..10 “Finding Happiness” videos that will touch you

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