Happy is as happy does

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Wow, it’s been a while… phew… so much has happened but at the end of the day, it always pays to be grateful, no matter what you’re currently experiencing which is why I’m writing this post today. Not sure how many of you know this, but I am not really good at being positive and optimistic. It is always a mammoth effort for me, partly due to my struggle with depression, defense mechanisms due to past experiences, as well as similar struggles within my immediate family, which you can read more about here. Regardless of those things and how trying they can be, I’ve been making a concerted effort for the past year to consistently pull myself out of the abyss. It’s VERY hard work.

So far I’ve tried a number of methods:

Yoga
Meditation
More sleep
More ‘me’ time
Finding solutions to better handle and balance family situations
Better eating
Targeted eating – i.e. brain food, mood boosters, probiotics and lots of water
Staying more connected to the people I love
And the ‘fake it till you make it’ technique (which is what we’re touching on today)

My last point my seem to be the simplest, but it’s proving to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. In essence, it’s creating a new, powerful habit of completely changing the way that I think, feel, perceive and respond to the world around me, and using social media to achieve it. Curious?
I bet you are… (Please click on each image to read the text contained within)

Uhm... er... I think so?
Uhm… er… I think so?

Ever heard of the 100 happy days challenge?

I got intrigued when I saw the hash tag floating around on my Instagram feed, then when I saw my friend Kim Issa using it, I decided to check it out. In a nutshell, you have to find something to be happy about for 100 consecutive days.

Eeek... scary stuff!
Eeek… scary stuff!

My reason for doing this is not just to fill up my Instagram page with pictures… believe me I can barely find shit to post. I genuinely feel that it might help me train my thoughts so that thinking positively will eventually become more… automatic for me. I also hope that in so doing, it will inspire others to be grateful and find their own silver lining in each day. I’m on Day 16, and though I do struggle sometimes to find something to post, the fact that I committed to the challenge makes me feel obligated to doing it and sticking it out for the 100,000,000 100 days, because that’s how I am. I also really, really REALLY just want to be happy. I’ll be sure to check in with my ‘peeps’ at the finish line to see if they notice a change too.

Yes, yes and yes!
Yes, yes and yes!

The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters…. happy girls are the prettiest girls.
—Audrey Hepburn

P.S. If you’re having ‘happiness issues’ like me, visit the 100happydays.com website and see if this challenge works for you. It doesn’t have to be a publicly shared experience.

Happy Friday loves!

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