Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Maintenance & 100 Happy Days

The other day Stew complained mentioned that he "couldn't get back to the older posts" so I went ahead and moved some stuff around.  Basically I had to change back to the original "Simple" template, one that I hadn't tinkered with, or had yet to "customize" as they say in some circles.  A while ago when I had been on hiatus for a bit, I had tinkered around and hidden all the older posts, but then later, whatever I did to do that, I couldn't undo without undoing a bunch of other "customizations."  Which I thought were important or something, so I just left it, adding a little sidebar of Recent Posts in case readers needed to catch up.  It had bothered me occasionally since then though, because when I visit at other people's blogs I sometimes like to start at one post and then at the bottom of it click on "Older Posts" and work my way back a ways (or vice versa).  But I never got around to fixing those missing links on my blog, because in the scheme of things, was that really a big deal?  Didn't I have other "stuff" I should be doing?

Except now that I am trying be more productive & positive, after my loving spouse asked about it, I just went ahead and did it. (Stew I know where your mind is right now).  Anyway.  Yay.  Like I said the other day, sometimes it is just the small things that keep us moving forward.  Little things that make us (or others) happy...

Which leads me on to a challenge I signed up for & started this past weekend, called 100 Happy Days.  The premise is that if you are able to share at least one thing a day that makes you happy, then you'll be a happier person overall.  And maybe inspire other people to be happy also?  Basically I see it as taking time to appreciate something small in the day that made me happy, trying to get a picture of it, and then sharing it quickly via twitter using hashtag #100HappyDays.

The hashtag is so other people can search for other random people's posts about what made them happy.  For example, I clicked the hashtag on twitter the other day and saw a lot of people saying Happy Mothers Day, which apparently it was in the UK? It does seem like many of the posts are UK in origin so possibly this challenge it is just now making it's way over to the US. You can do this on twitter, facebook, instagram, G+, wherever... or maybe just keep a list somewhere on paper at home.  I don't even think signing up at 100happydays.com is all that necessary, unless you want some kind of accountability at the end?  I haven't gotten an email from them yet, maybe I should check my spam.

An interesting thing on their site is that 71% of people who start the challenge don't finish, and they go on to say that:
"We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being. 71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason.  These people simply did not have time to be happy. Do you?"
And another clarification I like from them is that the "#100happyday challenge is for YOU - not for anyone else.  It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest.  If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures - you lose without even starting."

So I hope to keep it up.  And not be all braggy about it.  Or at least not mean to come off that way.  We don't need to be happier than each other!  The problem is, I usually fail at these things.  It is very possible I'll end up one of those 71%  I'll forget a day and then feel like a cheat trying to catch up, whatever.  Of course, on Day 3, so far I am optimistic with this one.  I've yet to share one today.  Which means I get to go find something to make myself happy!  But I figure even if all I've got for a day is a non-picture tweet that says I walked the dogs & did yoga, then know that by doing that it made me happy, for a moment at least.  Cuz some mornings, it might just be one moment of peacefulness, followed by picking up 3 bags of dog crap before making it home.  3 bags!  From 2 dogs.  I was like, guys! really?

Anyway... here I go, sharing one happy thing a day on my twitter (also see widget below this post)... and maybe sometimes on the blog I'll elaborate more about why it made me happy.  Here's to being 100x happier by July 7, 2014!