Pre-Ramble: “100 Happy Days” seems like such an easy, flitty, fun thing to do — for 100 days in a row, participants are to post a picture of something that makes them feel happy. Blogger Taylor Wyllie describes it:
“100 Happy Days is a world-wide “challenge” that encourages people to post a new picture that makes them happy for 100 consecutive days. If a person completes the challenge, they will receive a free book of their 100 pictures.”
Officially launched on December 30, 2013, the campaign was started by Dmitry Golubnichy of Swtizerland when he realized that he needed a big change in his own life. The goal of the happiness campaign is to get people to see the beauty in everyday life by documenting small, enjoyable things or moments.
Amazingly, there are a handful of researchers out there who caution that taking the happy days challenge may backfire and cause an increase in sadness instead. Ulrich Schimmack, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto and researcher into the scientific understanding of happiness, notes that “the pursuit of happiness is a process that takes time, effort and realistic expectations just like any goal.” And Jamie Gruman, chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association suggests that there’s a risk in committing to keep the practice up for 100 days straight …
“ … I think the main reason it’s probably not going to be as effective for a whole bunch of people is because it’s a hundred days, and that’s a long time to be focus and disciplined … I think that people can fall off the wagon and feel bad about that, and so maybe cutting back on the number of days might be an effective thing to try.”
The Take-Away: If a person can’t find even one single tiny thing that they can feel happy about in a day – every day — that’s just sad!
I started my challenge today with a photo of my car radio playing Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy.” Trust me, there is no happier thing in the world than that song playing loud in the car as you’re driving down the road on a sunny day.