I haven’t really understood this #100HappyDays project. I see my facebook and instagram pictures with this hashtag and it just leaves me perplexed. Perhaps, it’s the person that I am, but I just find it weird that people are aiming for a 100 happy days this year. ! Hundred! That’s less than 1/3 of the year! I find this number way too small. Don’t you think it would be better if people aimed higher? If only for the fact that they would like to have a good year? We could argue about the value and all things about the different hashtag projects, but delving into this a bit more, I think that aiming for too few happy days reflects a state of either ‘not being happy enough’ or not noticing the current state of happiness they are in. Is this a time where we’re looking to reaffirm our happiness through social media? What about the little things that bring a smile to your face? Like the feel of winter sun’s warmth or a piece of chocolate you forgot you had? Or perhaps it’s just that spring in your step or intense reading and words?
Update : So, I did google 100 Happy Days, which took me to 100happydays.com according to which they want to promote a 100 happy days in a row. Granted, that might be a bit more of a challenge, but, my stance on this can be best summed up by on of my favourite ever quotes :
“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.'”
I really do think Kurt Vonnegut hit it right on the head when he wrote this. Let’s devote some of those synapses to happiness everyday, because, it just might decrease world suck.
P.S. If you are a participant of this project, I’d love your thoughts on this.
6 thoughts on “Happy Days”
I saw the book “100 days of happiness project”. And then saw books in the store which had 100 pages so that we could note down every single day. People seem to have been really inspired by that idea.
Inspired, yes. But, I still think there could’ve been a larger number, ignoring the human fascination with the number 100.
I appreciate the idea behind starting something like this, but having to take a picture and post it, is rather difficult.
You have phrased it beautifully here- “Is this a time where we’re looking to reaffirm our happiness through social media? What about the little things that bring a smile to your face? Like the feel of winter sun’s warmth or a piece of chocolate you forgot you had? Or perhaps it’s just that spring in your step or intense reading and words?”
P.S. Loving the quote.
Thanks, Aparna! 😀
I do appreciate the idea as well; but I just think , that people as a collective, have failed to notice what makes them happy and need something like this to remind them to do so. But my main gripe is with the number and in that we’re aiming too low.
I think the idea behind a hundred happy days is that if you could try being happy for that long, you could do it every day, all year.
And it helps that hundred is such a well loved number! 🙂
I find this thought weird, but so many people are doing it, so there must be some satisfaction in it, I suppose.