100 Happy Days — My Story

71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason. These people simpy did not have time to be happy. Do you?

About a year ago, I saw a random status popup on my news feed on Facebook. It was a link to www.100happydays.com. Being curious, I thought I would click on it and learn more about it. After reading about it, the curiousity in me thought…why not? On February 11, 2014, I made my first post.

Yes, my first post was me at my campus’ pub. The beer there is amazing. Looking back on my Facebook Album a year later, it seems surreal that the experience happened. The challenge said that the following would occur:

– 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.

I can honestly say that all of these happened to me in one way, shape, or form. Here are some pictures from my challenge for each point:

  1. Start noticing what makes them happy every day: Family

For most of college, I never really went home and would go weeks upon weeks without visiting or even calling my parents. Now; as a college graduate, I call my parents and little sister almost everyday.

2) Be in a better mood every day: Good Vibes

(That’s me on the left!) As the challenge happened day after day, it became a fun thing to do. I never knew what would make me happy and turned out that people grew to know that I was doing the challenge and often asked to be the picture/post for that day. When you have something to look forward to, there’s always a reason to be in a better mood ☺

3) Start receiving more compliments from other people: Confidence

Although starting the previous year, I felt comfortable wearing costumes on a public campus of over 20,000 undergraduate students, this challenge gave me more confidence that continues even after graduation. I did receive more compliments from people, when I sought it out less. The confidence that I built upon made me more sure of myself and less looking for other’s approval.

4) Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have: Blessed

This picture was taken almost 7 years ago, it was my junior year of high school. The person in the middle was one of my best friends, Josh Meyer. To everyone, he was the basketball captain, senior class president, and all around likeable guy. To me, he was my workout buddy, smash bros melee/halo player, family man, older brother. A person I looked up to and aspired to be like. He passed away 2 years after this picture was taken. Doing this challenge also made me realize how fragile life can be and how often we choose the safer or shorter route. Being happier made me realize that I should always be looking for/doing things that would make me happy, because as cheesy as it sounds you never know which day could be your last.

5) Become more optimistic: Real Friends

Are you wondering if I was really happy every day for 100 days? I would be lying if I said I was too. This picture is from the only day that I can truly say that I wasn’t happy for all of it. My caption for the picture:

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.”
-Dalai Lama
First day in awhile I wasn’t myself and wasn’t happy for most of the day, but having a support system goes a long way, thank you for being one of those people I can count on”

This was day 87, nearing the end of my amazing college career, going through some lady problems, and being burned out by my busy schedule of 2 jobs, school (the few times I did go to class), and 4+ leadership roles on campus that all needed me 100% of the time. This was a day that I wanted to end so badly. As I was nearing the end at a talent show event put on by my filipin@ organization, there were people who reached out to me because they realized I wasn’t my normal, loud, happy self. These are the people who unconditionally care about me and went out of their way to make sure I was okay. A year later, the 4 people I tagged in this post are still great friends. Remember, real friends are hard to come by, because they are there for you when you are NOT happy.

Fall in love during the challenge: Faith

During my senior year of college, I would say there were a few people that I thought I was going to seriously date and fall in love with. Unfortunately these all became hookups and nothing more. I honestly tried, but I guess these things just don’t happen. I thought I was gonna fail the challenge; but after being drawn away most of my last year of college, I actually fell in love with God…again.

The picture was taken during one of my church group meetings. During my 2nd and 3rd year, I never missed a meeting. They were every Tuesday night @ 7pm in this trailer on campus. It was my life. During my senior year, I became so engulfed with everything that I was not able to prioritize this group, this place, these people, and my faith above others. It took me a long time to realize this, and I was fortunate to find out before it was too late. Spirituality is important to keep you balanced and to help you discover your purpose. Whatever you believe in, I hope you are firm in your belief and understanding.

If you got this far you are amazing and I really appreciate it. This was one of the best experiences of my life and I am 100% in support of this challenge. If you want these 6 things to happen to you and MORE, then start the challenge! I am looking back on this album and am thankful for the life long lessons those 100 days taught me. However, I am more thankful for the experiences I had and the people I was able to share them with. ☺

What are you waiting for? Start now!