So back in May this year, I decided to do an experiment on myself…. to see if I could complete the 100 Happy Days challenge.
Just to reiterate, the challenge involves taking a photo of something that makes you happy every day, for 100 days. Sounds easy right?
71% of people try and fail this challenge, quoting lack of time as their reason for not completing it.
My reasons for attempting the challenge were because I thought it was such a sad state of affairs to find out that the figures suggest most people can’t do it. I was also intrigued to see what my happen/ change / or magnify in my life, as a result of participating in this challenge.
The obvious expectation is that taking on the challenge will cause you to be happier. I also commenced with the assumption that it would be enough time to create new habits.
If you want to give it a try, check out more info here….
100 Happy Days
So these are my observations / musings regarding what I noticed from participating in the challenge.
Firstly, it is easy to get caught up in the ‘busy-ness’ of life and forget to stop for a moment and take notice of your surroundings (and therefore notice something that is making you happy). There were a couple of days where I almost didn’t do it. But once I got into the habit, it was easy to find something every day that brought me happiness.
The longer-term impact of this experiment is that it has taught me to be more ‘present’ in everyday life – I often find myself stopping and taking note of the little things, and appreciating the beauty that is all around me.
I used to go through life like a steam train, with my sole focus being on the end result, or my destination. Now I find myself taking time to live in the moment, stopping and reminding myself that there is time to slow down and enjoy things, rather than speed through life and miss the adventure along the way…..
So overall, yes I AM happier as a result of committing to this experiment. I am also enjoying the little things, and small moments in life much more. I have slowed down to smell the roses and enjoy the ride.
The best thing is that this ‘habit’, created by attempting the experiment has continued long after the 100 days. I don’t necessarily take a photo every day now, but I definitely notice AT LEAST one thing every day that makes me happy!! Most days I notice MANY more…… ?