#100happydays is a social media phenomenon that started back in 2014. Participants post a photo of something that made them happy during the day on their FaceBook, Twitter, or Instagram adding the 100happydays hashtag. The organizers have posted on their website that the reason they started the challenge was to help others appreciate the moments in life that most say they are too busy for. It reads, “While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.”.
The rules are simple, post a picture of anything that made you happy every day until you reach day 100. The picture could be of your pet doing something adorable, a get together with friends, or your morning coffee (especially if it's a roll up winner). So long as the subject of your photo made you happy, it counts towards the challenge. That being said, your pictures are not meant for the purpose of bragging and it is not a happiness competition. The challenge must be for yourself and nobody else. “If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.” reads the website. I'm not quite sure how someone would be able to cheat at having a happy day, but I'm sure that the event organizers had to add that rule in because somebody found a way.
The event creators claim that seventy-one percent of people that have tried the challenge have given up. A lack of time was the main reason listed for quitting the challenge. I have found that it doesn't matter how many times I check my FaceBook, I never seem to upload my photos on time anymore. When I first started the challenge, I was very good at putting up my pictures every day. That would last for about two weeks. After that, I would find myself thinking about uploading my picture, however, I wouldn't have taken one yet and the thought would leave my mind until the next day when I would upload both the previous and current days' photos. Other times, I would find myself winding down my evening and reading an article on my phone. Instead of finishing the article and then posting my happy photo before I would go to sleep, I would have a conversation with myself to justify my procrastination. Since starting this challenge, I have learnt that I have a serious problem with procrastinating. I have a laptop, tablet, and smart phone, all of which I use daily and are capable of completing the days' post. When I looked at my problem a little closer, I found that I have issues with time management in more than one way and it took this challenge for me to see it. Before 100happydays, I didn't really have a reason to be accountable for my online time. I knew that I used the internet heavily and that I spend more time than I'd like to admit watching YouTube videos and refreshing my FaceBook hoping that something new and interesting would pop up. My goal for the next section of days is going to be to try and monitor my online time better and post daily as the challenge requests you do. Even if I have taken the picture on the correct day, posting it on the next day, or two days, will have to stop. I feel that if I am aware of how I spend my time online, I will better be able to manage the other aspects of my life I always avoid with procrastination (I'm talking about you, dishes).
I am eager to see what else I will learn about myself, and the people that I surround myself with, as the challenge continues...