100 days of happiness - or how to feel tickety-boo

Today marks the start of Lent.   Traditionally in my family, Lent marked the time when we decided to  give up something "bad" for 40 days (until Easter), like chocolate or alcohol or cakes or…..  Some of the things I gave up for lent in the past I've never started again - like milk in my coffee.  Others, it just lasted (barely) for those 40 days -  like chocolate - which always seems to want to come back.


Occasionally, instead of giving up something "bad" for lent, we would take up something good instead.  And that's what I'm doing this year - along with my sister.  Maybe we can persuade our parents to join us too this year?????

My sister, Mary gave me the idea.  We are starting "100 days of happiness".  The first 40 days will be our lent "take up something good" commitment.

100happydays

The idea is that every day for 100 days you take a photo of something that made you happy that day. It can be anything - big or small. … from a photo of a person that you had lunch with, to a photo of a comfy cushion that you relaxed on when you got home after a busy day…... Just something that made you happy.  You can chose to share your photos however you want or not at all. Mary and I are going to post ours on Facebook so I may include them here, as my blog posts on Facebook.

The philosophy behind 100 days of happiness is one that I live by:   - you get more of what you focus on.  By focussing on good things in the day, you notice more good things.  Its one of the key ideas behind feeling tickety-boo!  Not everything needs to be perfect but by focussing on the good things, you can feel happy and tickety-boo.



So will you join me?  Can you spare a couple of minutes a day to focus on something that made you happy?  It doesn't matter if Lent means nothing to you, why not start 100 days of happiness with us now.  You can sign up at the link and lets share some joy. Lets be happy together for 100 days…and more.

Be Happy!
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Being Better

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The attitude of gratitude

Most weeks on Sundays, I write a post entitled "everything is tickety-boo", which lists some of the things that have happened this past week that have made me feel good.  It is really an expression of gratitude.


In my other blog about my jewelry "inside the artisan" I used to write a similar blog post entitled "a bird in the hand" which again, was about appreciation.

I write these blogs as a review for myself of the good things in the week and to let the people that I mention know that I appreciate them, but also to encourage you to reflect on the things that you grateful for.  Expressing gratitude can have a big effect on our quality of life.

In a 2005 study concerning gratitude by Seligman et al., study participants were randomly assigned to one of 6 intervention groups designed to improve the participant's overall quality of life.  Out of the six conditions, the longest lasting effects were caused by the act of writing "gratitude journals" where participants were asked to write down three things they were grateful for each day.  These participants' happiness scores also increased and continued to increase each time they were tested periodically after the experiment.  The greatest benefits were usually found to occur around six months after the intervention began.  This exercise was so successful that although participants were only asked to continue the journal for a week, many of them continued to keep the journal long after the study was over.

So why not give it a try. Give it a go for a week. Before you go to bed, write down three things you are grateful for that day. It doesn't have to be long. Just three quick bullet points. See how you feel.

There are even apps for iPhone and iPad that let you write down your three gratitudes each day or take a photo of them.  Look at Gratitude Rock, Gratitude Diary or  Thankfulfor, plus there are others too.

Or if you write a blog, you could start a once weekly gratitude post.  I hope you'll join me. We have a lot to be grateful for.
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