I realize that this entire endeavor of writing and share my mental musings is a 2017 thing but I will likely reference this personal project I did during 2016 and thus will talk about it now. For the 2016 year I combined the daily photo challenge many do with the 100 happy days project to create a #366happydays (366 because it was a leap year).
I learned more about both life in general and myself during this challenge. I did not have such a great 2016 but I believe doing this challenge made it possible for me to be much more positive and optimistic about all of the situations and events that took place last year. By incorporating the happy days aspect into my daily routine I taught myself to see the beauty in the details of every day occurrences and to look at the positive side of negative situations. I did not stop myself from experiencing negative feelings though; I just let them happen and then reflected on what good could come from the negative event. I’m not going to go into great detail about my personal events in this post, but if this is the only post you read just know that my year was spectacularly shitty and full of a lot of mentally fighting and struggles. Honestly, if I hadn’t started this project at the beginning of the year I believe I would be in a really bad place right now.
I used instagram and tumblr as my space for socially obligating myself to this project and my entire project can be viewed on tumblr. Everything from ecstatic happiness (like hanging out with my friend’s dog) to mundane happiness (like avocados being on sale): tumblr #366happydays
I strongly encourage everyone to try to do some version of a happy days project (week, month, 100 days, year…), it will change your world!
*Shoutout to everyone that has endured me thus far and has not left me. You da real MVPs.*