Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?
‘Yes’ says the 100 Happy Day Challenge which asks participants to pause just once a day and snap a photo of something that makes them happy. Participants then share their daily delights on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in order to spread the joy and hopefully make another person happy, if just for a moment.
Today’s Happy Monday features my creative friend Sarah Trotter, a graphic designer (whose work you will see more of on FHW) and an authentic ambassador for our Whole Happiness™ initiative.
Sometimes chasing your dreams can be hard work. A little while back, I had just finished uni and was getting knocked back time and time again from job interviews. At the same time, my friends were all getting their ‘dream jobs’ and moving away.
During some down time, I saw that a couple of my friends had decided to take part in the ‘100 Happy Days’ challenge via social media, and thought it might be worth finding out what it was all about. Needing something to spark my mood, I thought ‘why not?’
The idea revolves around a few things that I LOVE – photography, social media (Instagram) and being HAPPY! (Cue Pharrell Williams!)
So off I went, capturing happy moments during my day, no matter how big or small. Funnily enough, on what was to be the first day of my challenge, I received a phone call from Cotton On offering me a full time graphic design position within their ‘Body’ brand. I wasn’t happy – I was ECSTATIC!
I relocated for my job, my PASSION, and I now get paid to do what I LOVE!
My days became a little brighter from then on, and throughout the challenge, I have started to appreciate the little things in life more. If you look at my Instagram feed, you will notice a lot of my posts revolve around my design and typography in some way or another – if I have a sharpie, fineliner, sketch books or the Adobe suite open in front of me, I’ll be one very happy girl.
The whole point in doing this challenge is to stop and take a break from the stresses of work, uni, school – whatever, and think about what made you smile that day. For me, sometimes it’s the small things. Like when I come home after a long day at work and get creative (like my hakuna matata print), or simply hanging out with a colleague’s dog on my lunch break (yes, we can take our dogs to the office!).
I’m reaching the halfway point of my 100 Happy Days challenge, and I’m aiming to make it the whole way through (the completion rate sits somewhere around the 30% range, with people claiming that they don’t have enough time to complete it in full).
So ask yourself this question – can you be happy for 100 days? I know I doubted myself in the beginning, but once you really stop and reflect there will always be something, somewhere or even someone that made a smile cross your face.
You can follow my 100 Happy Days Challenge on Instagram – @sarahjtrotter