Wednesday, August 6, 2014

100 Happy Days--Back to School

Have you been to the website 100 Happy Days to sign up so that you can document what makes you happy?  All you really have to do is PAY ATTENTION!  Just start noticing the things that make you laugh, amuse you, makes you get all WARM AND FUZZY!!

You can even take pictures and label them #100happydays or post on Facebook and use that same hashtag.  If you want, you can even EMAIL your pictures to myhappyday <at> to avoid publicity and keep it on the down low.  And if you really get into noticing what makes you happy....journal about it!

You can even get a "HAPPY PACK" to make your happiness official!  You get a journal, a pen, and a clipboard!

71% of the people that originally started in this challenge stopped because they said they didn't have enough time.

They didn't have enough time to be happy.  Do you?

Now, I am sure you are sitting here thinking...sure I have enough time to think about being happy...but can you journal about your happiness for 100 days in a row?

Now, I am sure you are sitting here asking yourself....

The individuals that successfully completed the challenged said that this experiment:
1.  taught them to look for the things that could make them happy.
2.  helped the be in a better mood every day.
3.  Smiled more and got more compliments from others.
4.  Realized that their lives were pretty awesome!
5.  Learned to be more optimistic and not give up easily.

and here is the biggy:

6.  Fell in love!!!  (Who doesn't have time for love, people?  Now, come on!!)  

Can you imagine doing a happy journal with your kids? is what makes me happy today!

This is a picture I took when I was high up on a mountain top in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and a mother's retreat.  There was a small group of us and all of our children have RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder).  That weekend retreat gave me enough sanity to return home and continue to fight my daughter's fight.  You can read her story here.  I really encourage you to read this--not because it is about my daughter, but because we have kids like this in our classroom and up until this year I had no idea why they were like they were. 

As of a few days ago, she is somewhere in these very mountains learning how to love.  Sounds strange doesn't it?  But that is really what she is doing.  When I left those mountains I had no idea that this would be the very place that we would take our daughter so that she could find her solace.  I miss her very hard to take your 12 year old somewhere to stay when you really just want to grab her up in your arms and hold her tight.  But I am happy that she has found a place to really work on herself.

So...until next time....Be Happy!

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