“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

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#100happydays is challenging you to capture a moment that makes you happy every day for 100 days. I saw this challenge a few mornings ago and my immediate reaction was I would really like to do something like this, but my phone camera is shoddy and I don’t think I will actually commit to carting my real camera around with me every day and actually uploading photos. Lo and behold, my phone finally died on Monday (it had a good life) and I am now the proud owner of my first real smart phone! My last one was technically a smart phone, but it didn’t have enough juice to run applications/internet and the camera broke several months back and all the images started becoming quite blurry. BUT my new phone is a tiny shiny tool, that is perfectly conducive to capturing little moments that make me feel appreciative of the life I have.

To clarify, I am a very happy person. This wasn’t the case for the last few years, but in the past 12 months I have experienced a profound change rooted in ridding my life of negative things and truly finding contentment. In many ways I like that word more than happiness. It carries less of a burden to be upbeat and smiley and generally cheerful, which isn’t always possible and is too obviously fake (and exhausting) when forced. Contentment, in my mind, breeds more of an inner peace and sets a very stable foundation from which happiness can quickly grow.

I already feel very fortunate for the wonderful people and opportunities in my life, but I figured it never hurts to consciously appreciate the things happening around you. Some will be small things that make me sigh and smile, others will make me giddy. Some maybe sobering, but thoughtful. Take from it what you will, but I think the main focus is to get you thinking. To make you start looking. To make you stop and reflect. I know that there are clinical reasons why people aren’t happy, that everyone experiences hardships, that frustrations of all sizes obscure perspective, and that sometimes life really truly sucks. But, I ultimately believe that happiness is a choice you make. It is whether you choose to roll or spring out of bed. It is whether you choose to explode or breathe and smile in sticky situations. It is whether you find yourself recounting your grievances or the sparkling moments of each week. And like I said before, happiness doesn’t have to be smiles and rainbows and laughter. It is about choosing to remain optimistic and grateful and retain perspective.

So follow along on instagram (I’ve also added a sidebar feed that will grow as the days pass) or participate! That is, if you are up for the challenge.

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  1. I love this!! And can’t wait to see you 🙂

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