I made it!! 100 happy moments in 100 days. The question that the 100 Happy Days Challenge asks is ‘can you be happy for 100 days in a row?’ And my answer is – YES! Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t deliriously happy 100% of the time. There were a plenty of days when things were not going my way, and there were one or two days where I was feeling a little down in the dumps, but there was always something positive to help me see the positive in my day. That’s the way life is – good things happen and bad things happen. We generally assume the ‘good’ things are life-changing events, however sometimes the smallest act of kindness, a good book, a delicious coffee or even a song will make your day that little bit brighter. It was an excellent challenge to participate in and really made me more receptive of the little details in my day to day life that I take for granted or overlook. The truth of the matter is you make your own happiness. Once you are aware of this, focusing on the positive rather than the negative gradually becomes a subconscious habit, and before you know it, happiness can be found everywhere!
Day Ninety-One. Thursday, 23th April. Sometimes money can buy happiness… in the form of books, €3 sunglasses, Nandos and kale chips. Also popcorn & malteasers at the cinema while watching The Other Woman – the funniest movie I have watched in a long time. It’s one of those films where you are laughing as you leave the cinema and still laughing when you return home. I definitely recommend it.
Day Ninety-Two. Friday, 24th April. I met one of my best friends for luncheon. That’s right, not brunch, not lunch, luncheon! And no luncheon is complete without bellinis – alcoholic for me, non-alcoholic for a very pregnant Katie-Jo! We were celebrating life and everything wonderful. Katie is radiating positivity at the moment and is an absolute pleasure to be around. Everyone needs a KJ in their life! She’s just completed the 100 Happy Days Challenge too and is further proof that the secret to happiness is creating it yourself!
Day Ninety-Three. Saturday, 25th April. There is a defining moment in every reader’s life when they fall heed over heels in love with a book. Honestly, I was in a bit of a book-loving-drought for a couple of weeks. Nothing I was reading was captivating me the way every book should. There has been so much hype surrounding this series that I was slightly nervous about reading it in case I was disappointed so I decided to do something that I never do – I watched the movie before I read the book… and I LOVED it. Even though I now knew the storyline, I wanted to know all the bits that they don’t included in the movie. My defining moment occurred at chapter 7 and I became hooked. I have since finished it and am devouring the rest of the trilogy 🙂
Day Ninety-Four. Sunday, 26th April. Happiness is sunday evening attire – grey yoga pants and matching polka dot socks. The cosiest I have felt in a long time. Simplicity is happiness!
Day Ninety-Five. Monday, 27th April. Sometimes I like to force my happiness into other people’s lives. I joke – they love it really!! It was about time that someone injected some colour and positivity into the staff notice boards at work, so I made it my mission to Char-ify one of them on Monday. BOOM! I love spreading a bit of joy here and there.
Day Ninety-Six. Tuesday, 28th April. I’m doing a lot of researching lately. A lot of looking, learning and reflecting. I’m a graduate with a top masters degree from a great university that I have no idea what to do with. I know what I don’t want to do, which is a start. I know what I’m good at, but not what I’m great at, other than learning, exploring and knowledge. A friend sent me this which I feel sums me up perfectly. If Einstein was still around, I think we would be best buds!
Day Ninety-Seven. Wednesday, 29th April. A mini guest at the hotel left a pair of shoes in to be cleaned. They were the cutest little things and GUCCI BABY! I don’t think I’ve ever owned Gucci anything so these 4 year old shoes brought way more excitement into my day than I am proud to admit!!!
Day Ninety-Eight. Thursday, 30th April. I start every day with a green smoothie and a green tea. But today, I was craving Cork Coffee Roasters’ Summerhill Blend along with my usual yummy natural energy breakfast. I take immense pleasure in brewing my own coffee. I love the coffee ritual from the grinding of fresh beans to the aroma to the flavours emerging in the French press. The first sip of steaming roasted caffeine is utter happiness. I don’t drink coffee every day anymore – I’ve cut right back, but when I do, I really enjoy it!
Day Ninety-Nine. Friday, 1st May. My love of red wine is not a secret, but like coffee, I have cut right back. Again, like coffee, I enjoy the ritual of opening the bottle, letting it breathe and drinking it from a large bulbous wine glass. After work on Friday, I popped over to a friend’s house where he produced a bottle of red, and two teacups!!!! The sophisticated side of me screamed NO, but the TGIF side of me screamed GIMME GIMME GIMME!! I’m sorry classy Char, but it was so worth it!
Day One Hundred. Saturday, 2nd May. I am at home for the long weekend, and I agreed to mind my little brothers while my parents went out on Saturday night. The boys played the Xbox while I read and drank Bombay and tonic! If this isn’t babysitting done right, I don’t know what is?!
100 Happys Day Challenge – COMPLETE! I would encourage anyone who is thinking of partaking in the challenge to just do it. It not only heightens your recognition of your own happiness, but also enhances your awareness of ways to increase the happiness and positivity of the lives of others. If you want to read about all my 100 happy moments I’ve set up a one stop page with the links to every post. Now that this challenge is over, I need another. Any suggestions?
Smile, laugh and shine always,