100 Days to Happy
Some of the happiest people I know, are this way because they’ve decided to be. Happiness takes effort and action. It’s not enough, to just want to be happy. We must have ‘skin in the game’.
Happiness is not for the lazy or unwilling. Happiness is a present that we must unwrap and put to good use, once we do. Every day we have a choice, a choice to take the sum of our live and move it in one direction. Momentum forward is what brings us to our higher grounds.
I came across a quote the other day that I hadn’t heard before, “Everyone is gifted but some people never open their package.” Perhaps it’s fear that holds people back. How sad it is, if life isn’t being lived to its fullest seam.
This got me thinking. What is it that fills me up and how can I do more of it? How can I encourage others to ask this question and act on the answer?
I came up with 100 Days to Happy.
Who wants to play? The rules are simple. Do something that you enjoy; a hobby, a passion or an activity that makes you feel naturally better each time you do it. This is an individual sport and it’s solely about you. Do it for 20 minutes every day for 100 days. This daily habit will cultivate personal fulfillment and will create a foundation for deeper development of self.
For me this falls into a few categories. I love to write, do yoga, and hike. That’s the beauty of this challenge (and so true of life), is that it’s whatever you want it to be. Piece it together any which way. The only rule is that you must do it just for you.
If you’re drawing a blank, then fake it until you make it. Try new things. You’ll never go wrong with moving your body. Exercise offers up a variety of outstanding side effects; lightened mood, increased energy, stronger body, reduced stress and the list goes on and on. Start here.
Who’s in? By the end of the summer (100 days), you might be up for another season sprinkled with bliss.
When we spend time on our own contentment, we find balance and feel satisfied. This becomes a springboard into beautiful worlds.
To date, I haven’t met a genuinely happy person who has been handed it, bought it or lived it through another. It’s a participation sport, where I’m fine with everyone getting a trophy.