Have you ever stopped to think about how much energy we all spend in search of happiness?

We plan, we react, we cooperate, and we create, all in the interest of increasing our happiness quotient. I suspect the search for happiness only takes a back seat to some very primal needs like food, water, sleep and sex.

But do we organize our time and attention in-line with our passions? Do we really know what brings us the most joy?

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Today on EWC, we share an idea that came our way via Medium.com. This one is both simple and brilliant: for 100 days, take a photo of what makes you happy. Then at the end, make a collage so you can really see your life “working”. There may be an overall theme you never realized existed.

This is important! Sometime our lives don’t seem to be working, but actually we do find joy and have things to celebrate.

Unfortunately, neuroscience has proven our brains want to focus on the negative and rehash the moments in our day that went wrong… but that’s a primal impulse. Yes, 50,000 years ago we needed to remember exactly where that saber-tooth tiger almost ate us, but we don’t live in a constant challenge to stay alive anymore. We don’t need to focus on the negative. We can afford to put our impulses behind and become mindful people in the 21st Century!

The joy of an ice cream cone, a sunset, a funny moment with kids or co-workers, a heavenly scented lilac bush, a special meal, or a bird’s song may be more common than you realize. We need to take notice of those things that feed our souls.

Take a look at this TEDx Talk from Dmitry Golubnichy on their experience with this eye opening challenge…

100 Happy Days

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In any case, you will see some patterns appear and know yourself a little better.You may even find you have more than one moment of bliss each day.

Why take the 100 Happy Days challenge? Two reasons:

  1. If you uncover some things you didn’t know about yourself, some patterns, you may be able to edit your life a little to increase the odds that joy will come your way.
  2. You may find you are not prioritizing the things that mean the most and bring you happiness. This project might inspire you to find more balance in the way you spend your time.

If you’d like to see the origin of this concept and someone’s photo collage, take a look at the article on Medium.com that inspired this article by clicking here. It’s interesting!

Here’s a quote from that article that I found really interesting:

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.”

Yikes! I suspect there’s a take-away message there too!

Let’s get on this… The Ever Widening Circles community can do better! Let’s see what makes you happy!

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. “100 Happy Days | Dmitry Golubnichy | TEDxZurich.” YouTube. TEDxTalks, 19 Jan. 2017. Web. 22 Aug. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4UtPDaR3cA>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.