I don’t know about you, but I am feeling drained by this interminable winter and I find myself on travel sites, more often than I care to admit, checking out airfare to warmer climes. Unfortunately a trip to a warm sandy beach is not really in my immediate future so I’m turning to the next best (also, free and local) thing: CHALLENGES. As a child, whenever I was bored or disengaged, I would ask my father for a “project”. Basically, he would give me a challenge, a set of guidelines and constraints, and I would go off and build or make something, thrilled with the task of navigating the constraints he gave me. These projects never failed to reinvigorate me so here are two challenges for March that I will be trying out. Join me?
– DRAW A PICTURE OF EVERYTHING YOU LEARN –
The other night, I was having dinner with some friends and we were talking about the injustice of growing out of kindergarten and how great life was when 90% of our days revolved around arts and crafts (I told you, I’ve been feeling quite grumpy lately.) My friend remarked that back in those days, “you drew a picture of everything you learned,” and wondered why that ends once we graduate to middle school. Good question, why do we stop? Especially when we know what a tremendous thinking tool drawing can be. So for the next month, I will draw a picture of something that I have learned every day.
– #100HAPPYDAYS –
The next challenge is something that I’ve noticed popping up all over my social media channels lately: #100HappyDays. The premise couldn’t be simpler, note the sources of joy and happiness in your day, every day for 100 days, and document these sparks of happy with a daily picture. Nothing like focusing one’s attention on the positive to experience increased gratitude (and its many social, emotional and cognitive benefits) and happiness.
Every day submit a picture of what made you happy! It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you did to a stranger.
So first you register in the challenge, then choose your favorite platform for submitting pictures. Here you can decide yourself on the privacy of your participation and happy moments.
- Share your picture via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with a public hashtag #100HappyDays;
- Come up with your own hashtag to share your pictures with to limit publicity. (Don’t forget to tell us how to find your pictures though)
- Simply send your pictures to MYHAPPY(AT)100HAPPYDAYS.COM to avoid any publicity.
People Successfully Completing the Challenge Claimed To:
- Start noticing what makes them happy every day;
- Be in a better mood every day;
- Start receiving more compliments from other people
- Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have;
- Become more optimistic;
- Fall in love during the challenge.
Sounds like exactly what I’m looking for! Who’s in?