100 Days of Happiness Challenge

Cheryl Beaver

Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?

If that question really gets you thinking…if you have any hesitance at all to answer…then this is the post for you to read.

I first heard about this challenge by seeing the hashtags on social media sites. The #100happydays as a caption under photos of really awesome looking food or smiles with friends got my attention. What is this all about? Is it some kind of holiday? Only a few seconds of research got me the answer. It’s an idea someone started to challenge our forever busy society to take a moment in each day to be happy. It’s really that simple.

Documenting the 100 day journey can be done in many ways- by daily photos of your happy moments, a daily journal, verbally telling a friend, or just keeping the moments to yourself- it’s up to you. That’s really the whole point to the challenge- to do whatever really makes you happy.

It only took me a minute to ask myself the question….can I be happy for 100 days in a row? Personally, I didn’t think being happy every day was really a challenge. I feel very blessed in many ways, and for the most part, I am happy every day. So why do the challenge? As I pondered that next question, I slowly came to realize that the challenge isn’t just about being happy every day….it’s about taking the time to¬†recognize those moments and savor them is all their glory.

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When it comes to the way I approach my day to day activities, I am completely guilty of moving quickly from one moment to the next, task to task, school to work, one obligation to the next without ever really slowing down. Maybe I could be an even happier person if I stopped to smell the roses every day instead of just walking right by. So I decided to challenge myself! 100 days of happiness. Or more importantly, 100 days of recognizing and appreciating my happy moments.

Today is day 4 of 100. I started the challenge this past Wednesday, March 5th, which was coincidentally also Ash Wednesday. 100 days from that day will take me to the very last day of Spring term and my first year at Western Oregon University. So far I’ve noticed that consciously noticing what makes me happy has made those moments last longer. ¬†Instead of happiness approaching me like a whisper in my ear, I have found it hits me more like a strong gust of wind, impossible not to notice and at times feeling like I’m going to be swept away into the clouds. This is the way life is meant to be lived.

100 days of happy

Day 1: taking a moment to be happy in a not-usually-happy math class

So today I ask you to challenge yourself. But don’t do it for me, or for the ‘likes’ on Instagram, or for your friends, or for a blog. Do it for yourself. Do it because you deserve to be happy every day. Life is too short not to be.

100 days of happy

Day 3: stopping to enjoy my surroundings on a jog

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