My good friend Katina urged me to attempt the 100 Happy Days Challenge that she and numerous other participants have been posting about. So, I visited and read the website. I recognized and understood the concept. Hats off to her and anyone else playing along with the challenge, because it really seems to be one of the more genuine and harmless social media gimmicks flying around out there. I definitely am not knocking it, but for me, it’s (simply put) just not me. Just as I loathe those silly website lists telling me what 20 places I need to visit before I die, or those ludicrous and annoying personality quizzes that “determine” which Real Housewife, 80s Pop Star, 90s Rock Star, Hollywood Movie Star, Boy Bay member I am based on my answers to 5 brainless questions… my happiness, my personality, and my future will never be validated, defined nor governed by any website.
HOWEVER… Katina was ON to something, and her enthusiasm with how the 100 Happy Days Challenge has inspired her wound up inspiring me. I DO need to quit making the excuse that I am too busy to find time to spend with old friends. I DO need to make more of an effort to stay in touch with others outside of the realm of social media. I DO need to always remember that I have a pretty awesome life, and to be grateful for its privileges and the individuals living in it with me.
I didn’t quite make 100 days, but I did document the last 7 days that were pretty damn magical.
Happiness: having dinner with one of your best friends
Happiness: a sudden night out on the town with your boys
Happiness: enjoying a long-overdue dinner, movie and wine night with a loved one
Happiness: acting as if not one day has passed when reconnecting with your travel crew and best friends from Chicago and New York
Happiness: randomly running into old friends when in another city
Happiness: when a best friend visits and wants to meet for brunch
Happiness: nearly ordering the entire menu when dining with a best friend
Happiness: experiencing a concert with loved ones
Happiness Bonus: when the presence of a photo bomber makes you smile
#100daysofhappiness A LIFETIME of happiness.
“The world is ours, and no one can take it away except the exhaustion of enjoying it so much.” -my friend Michael Maurer
“Inner Smile” by Texas: After all these years, this song still makes me feel happy!