Monday, August 18, 2014

Taking Part in the #100HappyDays Challenge

Aside from the Good Reads Challenge, I joined another challenge which I also found online. I'm sure some, if not most of you have seen it already since it's a very popular challenge that even well known personalities have joined in. It's called the #100HappyDays Challenge. It reminds me of the "wins" I used to keep track of when I was taking my LEAP journey and staffing for FLEX actually.

Anyhow, the challenge is very simple. All you have to do is find 1 thing everyday for 100 consecutive days that made you happy - be it food, being home early from work, meeting a friend, etc. And you share that online. You can share it publicly by using the hashtag #100happydays, choose to share it with a limited number of people by creating your own hashtag (just tell the organizers how to find you of course) or if you really want to keep it private, you can just email them at myhappyday@100happydays.com.


My platform for sharing is Instagram. Follow me on IG @piecesofliz to see my #100happydays posts.

Truth be told, this is my second time to try the challenge. I failed the first time around - didn't even get to 10 days! Why did I fail the challenge? Well because my belief system were 1) I don't have the time to always stop and think about what made me happy every single day and 2)I don't think I'm happy everyday. Some days there are so many awesome things that have happened in my life and some days my life is just stable you know? Routine and ordinary.

So what made me give it a second try? I read a very nice article on Rappler about Surviving #100HappyDays. I'm on my 36th day in to the challenge. And truth be told, it's not easy to find one thing that made me happy everyday and at times, it makes me want to give up again. Just recently when I asked Ryan to pose for a photo with me for my 100 happy days challenge, he said, "I don't know why you're posting today. Parang pilit na for me."  I don't blame him actually for saying that. It was a very sucky day for me. I was really down in the dumps that day. And to think it was a weekend! I felt so bad that day I almost didn't bother to find the silver lining in my dark cloud.

But then I remember that article where the writer said "on some very special days, happiness finds you no matter where you are. But on most days you'll have to work at it. You'll have to cook a meal, change your sheets, or even *gasp* take an actual stroll in the park just to get that happy feeling – and photo – for the day."  

And on that bad day, I realized I had my good friends for company. So that's why I asked him to pose for a photo with me. I would've included Mai but she had already gone ahead before I realized they were the thing that made me happy that day. 

So I'm back in the challenge because now I finally see the value behind it! Everyday, even on the most mundane of days, I'm working on finding that one thing (at least that one thing) that made me happy for the day. Maybe not overwhelmingly happy but still happy - the kind where you feel a little bit good about something. It's the kind of feeling that brings a small smile to my face because it makes me feel that I'm going to be all right and there's hope for a better, brighter tomorrow. I think that's a good enough reason for me to keep at it and see myself reach the 100th day of my #100happydays challenge. 

4 comments:

Pat V. said...

Hello,have a happy day.

Liz Martin said...

thank you. have a happy day as well! :)

joei ♥ said...

I tried this but wasn't able to do a week straight. Haha!

♥ joei
www.joeiandme.com

Liz Martin said...

Haha! Joei I hear ya! That's why I this is my second time around. I'm determined this time to finish the challenge! :)