What is #100 Happy Days?
This project was started by Dmitry Golubnichy in the fall of 2013 as a personal challenge. His story is not uncommon – simply put, he was not satisfied with his life. After spending time with old friends who seemed to have unlocked the “secret” to being content, he returned home inspired. He began by asking himself, can I be happy for 100 days in a row? and challenged himself to find at least one thing he was happy for every day. He decided to take pictures to capture the happy emotions/memories/etc., and upload daily to social media [for accountability] using the hashtag #100happydays. After only a short time of seeing his posts, he had friends, and then friends of friends (and so on), asking if they could join the challenge. Since the creation of his website, over 8,000,000 people have completed the #100happydays project!
I didn’t realize until I began researching the history of the project in preparation to write this post just how early I jumped on the bandwagon, but if I go back to March 2014 on my Instagram (@emt09d), I can relive some happy memories from my first round of #100HappyDays. At that time, I wasn’t a big Instagram user, and I didn’t do a lot of photos (many days I would just type about what had happened that made me happy), so I posted mostly on Facebook. However, in this case, I can’t argue with the old saying – a picture is worth a thousand words. Recently, I’ve become pretty overwhelmed with anxiety, but I’ve never forgotten my first experience with #100HappyDays. Going back and looking at pictures has really done my heart good.
An open invitation…
Did you know that 70% of people who sign up for the challenge don’t complete it because they say they “didn’t have enough time”? I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to become someone who is too busy to be able to find happiness – especially if it’s just one moment in a day! I do hope, whether you’re the most joyful person on the planet, or in a funk like me, that you’ll consider joining me for this challenge.
If you’re worried you’re not creative enough or that you’re “too boring” and won’t be able to come up with 100 different things, don’t worry – help is on the way! After scouring Instagram and the photos that are tagged #100HappyDays, Dmitry has composed a book of 100 directives to help you make it through (at least!) 100 days.
Oh, and if you do buy the book and you’re local, I’d love to borrow it! This would probably be an excellent segue to write a post about our current no-spending challenge…