It’s really easy to be happy during the holidays, but I always experience a post-New Year’s crash. Not a detox crash, though I experience that too, but an emotional crash. You spend months building up to give gifts, drink, and be merry then suddenly you’re done. The next celebratory holiday is Valentine’s Day and 99% of us hate that Hallmark shiz anyway. So it’s up to everyone to find their own reasons to be happy, at least until Memorial Day Weekend.
That’s why I was drawn to a Facebook post my friend Steph put up recently, sharing a website called 100happydays.com. The theory is that you take a few seconds each day to post a picture of something makes you happy to some social media site (you can also email it directly to the people behind the website for some privacy) with the hashtag #100happydays. They hope it gives everyone a chance to notice one thing per day that inspires happiness.
The best part is that there’s not happiness requirements. It could be a picture of your new purse, your family, your pets, the gym, a clean kitchen…whatever makes YOU smile. I have no doubt that food will be heavily featured in most people’s pictures of happiness.
I’m not sure how I’ll feel after 100 days of pictures, but I will say that taking a moment to really enjoy my hot tea during an otherwise sub-par day definitely brightened my mood. And everyone knows that happy people are healthier people. Who can pass an opportunity like this up??
I can’t wait to see what other little moments of happiness I’d otherwise take for granted. Warning: there will be too many pictures of my cat.