I recently tried out the #100happydays challenge set by these guys.
I really agree with the quote and title of this article and want to be less distracted from the moment myself, by thoughts and planning etc. Of course being happy 100% of the time would be boring, unrealistic and give no perspective and balance to life but living in the moment when you get the chance is nice.
To do the challenge, you basically sign up here and take 1 picture a day of whatever makes you happy and post and tag it through facebook or instagram using a tag #100happydays or whatever you want to call it. It could be really small like a tasty cake, stepping through your door after a long day at work or finishing something you’ve been meaning to finish for a while.
People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
Be in a better mood every day;
Start receiving more compliments from other people;
Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
Become more optimistic;
Fall in love during the challenge.
I think it’s a great idea to get people to focus on the things that make them happy in life, all the little, big and everything in-between things they can be grateful for, counting their blessings instead of their problems. It made me realise how lucky I am in many ways and notice the things that make me happy which mostly turned out to be watching TV and films, lush food and being with my favorite people. But mostly food.
The problems I have with this challenge is keeping it going for 100 days (I’ve kind of given up after 30 days). The reasons for this are that the happiest moments in my life are usually when I’m in the moment, therefore I’m not thinking about capturing it in a photo because I’m really enjoying the moment and when it’s over I’m like “damnit! I’ve missed it again, what can I take a picture of now at 11pm?” These things might consist of: having a really interesting and engaging conversation with someone, laughing, playing with my band, getting really good news, having a profound realisation – how do I take photo of that?
It kind of defeats the purpose – to be happy you have to be in the moment and you can’t be fully in the moment if you constantly have to be aware and think about taking photos. Like taking photos/videos at a gig – like me, you might look back at the photos and think, “I don’t even remember how that gig felt.” Also some things that make you happy aren’t appropriate for public consumption so probably best to just take the photos and not share them online, if you want to do it that way. And I feel like knowing it’s going online affects what you might take a photo of, even subconsciously. Maybe to impress people or to not take photos of stuff that’s embarrassing like guilty pleasures. Keeping it offline might make you more honest with yourself.
So in conclusion, if you want a little more of that elusive happiness stuff, it’s probably good to be aware of all the little things that make you happy, focusing on the positives daily and being grateful for what you already have. But I don’t know if I need to take photos of it and share them online to feel it and appreciate it.
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