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March 12, 2014 at 9:35 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0


By Breana Ostrander More Blogs by This Author

I recently saw a project on Facebook entitled 100 Days of Happiness. Or, for those young, hip things out there: #100daysofhappiness. From my three second scan this is the information I gleaned: take a picture of something that makes you happy every day, then post it on Facebook so all 1,000 of your closest friends can see, and hopefully at the end you can reflect back upon the small things in life. Want to know my opinion? At best, this is annoying for everyone else and eventually a hassle for you. At worst it’s a sad attempt to mask an otherwise disappointing life.

We can all do better than a singular moment of happiness in a 24-hour day. Honestly, 100 days of posting pictures on Facebook just isn’t going to do it for me, and it’s probably not doing it for anyone attempting this project either.

I propose a 100-day plan of my own concoction. 100 days of healthiness. Here’s how it will work: for 100 days in a row you do something good for you. 100 days of yoga; 100 days of alternating work outs; 100 days of flossing; 100 days of moisturizing; 100 days of meditating; 100 days of eating fresh fruit instead of French fries; essentially this is 100 days of self care. You could focus on physical health, mental health, the health of your relationships, or just in general the things you know you should be doing but never seem to get around to.

Every 10 days, or 25 days, or whatever you deem appropriate to your situation, you should give yourself a small reward. Keep it along the same lines of your particular project though. If you’re using this to get over a bad break up or something, maybe don’t reward yourself with a night of drinking where you could accidentally drunk dial and set yourself back a full month.

Are you starting to get it?

Keep in mind that this isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s not about taking a picture of a dripping ice cream cone, slapping an Instagram filter on it, and using some prepubescent hash tag to get across the point that you’re thriving and happy. In fact, I don’t want you to advertise this endeavor at all. This is purely about self-improvement. Improving your 5K times, your relationship with your parents, or even your consistent usage of floss and exfoliators, though not necessarily at the same time. The wonderful thing about 100 days of healthiness is that, at the heart of it, it’s you time. And at the end of the 100 days, who knows, maybe you’ll absentmindedly continue to act in the same way. At least that’s what I'm hoping!

Get Started Today: #100daysofhealthy

To inspire your own healthful action, we're sharing one health/wellness fact a day plus and article where you can learn more. So far we have:

Day 1:

Learn More: "A Reader's Manifesto"

Day 2:

Learn More: "Wild Vs. Farm Raised Salmon: The Ongoing Debate"

Day 3:

Learn More: "Four Reasons Walking Wins When it Comes to Wellness"

Day 4:

Learn More: "Turning Sunlight into Vitamin D: How the Conversion Happens"

Day 5:

Learn More: "The Healing Power of Indoor Plants"

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