Over the last several months, I've been seeing people's Instagram photos tagged #100HappyDays. I had no idea whether it was a personal thing, a group thing, or a sitcom reference, nor was I particularly interested in finding out until yesterday, when for some reason I decided to look it up. Here's what I found:
"We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. 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 for any human being. 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 idea is to submit, every day for 100 days, a picture of what makes you happy. While I wholly disagree with the notion of sustained and unflagging happiness and think it's wildly important to honor the full spectrum of human emotions, I do believe it's a valuable exercise to pinpoint at least a moment of joy each day. At the very least, it sounds sweet; if we're lucky, it could be transformative. On an unrelated note, there are 100 days left until Christmas (a holiday I love with a fiery passion, but that's a story for a different day). As such, I've decided to kick off my #100HappyDays on Instagram today. Won't you join me on this journey?