Every year around September time, I get a notification on Facebook “on this day” about #100happydays. If you follow the business page for Cygnet North East on Facebook you may have seen the posts. The idea is that every day for 100 days you post on social media about what made you happy that day. I’ve done this for the last 4 or 5 years and it started off as a challenge from a friend who also wanted to do it, and wanted some support to stay on track. So I looked into it – they have a website which claims that 71% of people who tried the challenge failed and said that a lack of time was to blame. That statistic is so sad. How can we not have time to be happy?
How to Feel Happier
2017 was no different and I managed to persuade a few other people to try it too (as I have in the past). Not everyone started at the same time. These days I have a few reasons for doing #100happydays. Number one is that I know it works. Every year because I am focussing on finding something to post about, I look for happiness and it is there. When I first started this, it was not easy at all. In fact I was experiencing a very difficult time in my life and I felt anxious most of the time. I knew that a few of the days during the time were going to be particularly difficult and to be honest, I really wasn’t sure if I could complete it. But I gave it a go and I managed it. I missed a few days and sometimes it was repetitive but I did it. It made me feel happier. Posting for 100 days is a commitment, but it works.
I was also conscious (and still am) that people talk about the people on facebook who post about the million pounds they earn every year, the perfectly well behaved children they have, the spotlessy clean house – you know the ones. Their lives look perfect. My life isn’t like that – it is filled with stuff that is challenging, it always has been and it probably always will be (I wouldn’t wnat it any other way!). I didn’t want to project a false image of my life but I know I don’t, because when I have a hard day I say so. When I have a bad day I say in my posts today was rubbish – this happened, I was late, a spilt my lunch down my top etc, but look at this sunrise – isn’t it beautiful. So in that way I do present a balanced view of my life.
Reasons to be Cheerful – #100happydays
The second reason that I like to take part in #100happydays is because it helps me to promote the business. “On the go” posts about my life get a higher reach and more engagement on Facebook. Ask any business owner and they will tell you how challenging it is to be seen on there. It feels exposing but actually its more like shouting into the wind! But real life posts about my day always do really well. At the end of 2017 when I finished my last post, people I didn’t know were following told me they were going to miss my posts. So it works!
You might not have a brand to promote or a business to put out there. But whoever you are and whatever you do, #100happydays is a great way to make yourself feel happier. It’s not just my opinion – the people I persuaded to join in said the same.
Now it’s January and I have to admit – I miss #100happydays. I miss it because I’m just not feeling as happy. It’s freezing cold outside, we’ve had snow, I’ve been ill twice this winter, things haven’t been moving as fast as I wanted them to and I have found myself feeling quite low.
Part of me wants to start it again, but #100happydays is such a commitment and I don’t want to just keep on going – theres something about doing it once a year that feels like a tradition now. But I will keep it up when the time comes in 2018 and I am considering how I can keep my spirits up in more ways. Have you any tips on how you help yourself to stay positive?
Share your tips for staying positive
I’m sharing a picture I took at a network event. It is of a friend of mine who makes jewelry from climbing rope – Hanging by a Fred. It was one of the things that made me happy. Because the thing that made you happy doesn’t have to be a marriage proposal, a new car or to make a million pounds. It just has to be small, something that made you smile. If you wait for those big life changing moments to allow yourself to feel happy, you’re missing out on all the little things that make up life.
Please share your happiness tips in the comments. I’d love to hear them!