Monday, July 21, 2014

100 Happy Days

For the next 100 days, I am challenging myself to find something to be happy about every single day. It doesn't sound hard, but for a person who has suffered from depression off and on her entire adult life, sometimes focusing on the negative comes more easily than focusing on the positive. 

My word for the year is 'happy', so when I learned about the 100 happy days challenge, I knew this would be a perfect exercise for me to truly meet my goal this year!

Today I will choose joy

I have seen the #100happydays hashtag over and over again. I was curious about it, so I did a little more research. It is a movement that was created by Dmitry Golubnichy. He was feeling like he was in a slump. He challenged himself to find something happy in his day, every day, for 100 days. He chose to post on social media to keep himself accountable. As more and more people saw what he was doing, they wanted to join in, thus was born.

Once I read about it, I knew this was something that would be beneficial for me. For anyone who has suffered from depression, you know it can be challenging to find the good around you. You can know that you have a great marriage, sweet, healthy children, a roof over your head, you are doing the jobs you love - being a mom and sharing your creativity with others - and yet you still can't seem to see it. Even when it is right there staring you in the face. 

So, for the next 100 days, I will be sharing my 100 happy moments. One for each day. I would love for you to follow along, or even join in. Simply post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #100happydays.  

I can only see good things coming from this challenge. We all have so much to be grateful for. Even when times are hard, there can always be a small light in the dark.

Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be

You can sign up for the challenge here: