WOW. This is my last #100HappyDays post! I started this challenge guns (read: iphone) blazing, ready to capture, document, and share my happy moments with the world (see this post: 100 Days of Happiness!). I was eager to learn about what makes me happy and whether (and how) I could be happy consistently for 100 days in a row. I don’t know if others feel like this, but for me, I’ve never been an easy breezy, laid back person who is just…happy. I mentioned in my first #100HappyDays post that I do try to be a positive, optimistic person – but that has been the result of me choosing to be that way.
So, what have I learned?
- It *is* possible to find moments of happiness every single day. Some days were a little bit harder (meaning I had to really look and force myself to focus on happiness),while on other days, it felt like drinking out of a happy fire hose. Being conscious of recognizing and appreciating happy moments was worth the effort because they added up to something greater than their individual parts.
- As I got more into this, my friends helped me actively find moments of happiness and even wanted to be *part* of those moments! I *loved* being reminded of how supportive my friends are of me and my interests and was flattered that my friends wanted to be part of this journey with me.
- I’ll be honest – I started to get overwhelmed (and tired) with the process of not just finding happy moments, but also taking pictures of them, editing those pictures, posting them on social media, and then writing weekly posts about them here. I jokingly told my sisters that my 100th happy day moment would be of me never having to post another #100happydays post again. But when Day 100 came around, I didn’t want to end an awesome experience on a sarcastic note like that 🙂
- Even though I got overwhelmed with the documentation process, I realized how much I love taking pictures! I really want to get better at it and learn how to make my photos tell a (good, creative) story.
Most importantly, I was reminded that I am so blessed to have the family, friends, and the life that I have. Most of my happy moments came from spending time with people or reaching new goals and milestones in my life – not from acquiring material possessions. I realized that I don’t have to search for happiness because everything that I need to be happy is right here, surrounding me.