A friend is working on a 100 days of happiness project. For 100 days in a row, you have to take a picture of what makes you happy each day. According to the project:
"We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. 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.
71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason. these people simply did not have time to be happy. Do you?”
I was thinking of taking up the challenge, but decided against it. Not because I do not have time, but I do not have internet access for the 100 consecutive days coming up. May and June are fine, but come July and August, and I’ll be trampling around Europe, and are off the grid from time to time. As such, I might start the project in September.
|And even more happiness: All the chairs to yourself|
The thought behind it is quite simple. If you can think of one think that does make you happy, you will be a happier person. It’s all about positive energy.
Actually, there’s a whole school of thought that suggest that giving creates happiness, not just at the receiving end, but also to the person that gives. There’s an awesome Thai video about that circulating around the web.
|Happiness: Sharing it with your friends|
But there are so many simple things that make me happy, and it is rarely related to money. Last Sunday, I went to the beach, and it was empty. EMPTY! Totally empty. Have you ever gotten to a beach resort like the ones you see in glossy magazines, and you have the place to yourself? The surface of the pool was like a mirror because no one was swimming in it. None of the chairs were occupied. No umbrellas were set up yet. It was absolutely lovely. And I was thinking, “Today, happiness is an empty beach”.
|The happiest thing of all? The entire day it stayed pretty much empty too!|
So here’s a warm-up for my 100 days of happiness project.