Monday, May 12, 2014

Oh, Happy Day!

by Megan S.

I laughed and laughed when I spotted this zombie baby strapped
 to the side of a San Francisco recycling truck.

It's easy to get bogged down by the stresses and minor crises of everyday life and, after a while, even rose colored glasses get to look pretty dingy.  That's why I was intrigued when I saw S4 reader Jessie Squeakers tweeting about #100HappyDays.  Jessie explained the challenge was to chronicle one moment or item a day that made you smile.  After watching her list of enjoyable little things grow every day, I thought I'd take the challenge too.

Dragon fruit at my local farmer's market!

If I stop and think about it, almost every day is filled with at least one thing that made me happy.  Whether it was the surprise of seeing a horrifying zombie doll strapped to a recycling truck or stumbling across an alien-like fruit that would look right at home on an episode of Star Trek, something made me smile.  Of course, it's not always geeky.  Most of my list thus far is filled with things like hearing the fog horns in the middle of the night and knowing it means the heat wave has finally broken or making funny faces with my mom over FaceTime.  Since I have a tendency to be a pessimist, the challenge has been a great way to change the way I view the past weeks.  Reviewing the list reinforces the positive instead of the crappy everyday stresses. 

Oh and I do make a list. The official challenge requires you to take a photo of each moment, but that's a little restrictive.  I'm happy with my version and, you know, the easier it is to accomplish, the more chance I'll finish the 100 days.

So, what do you think?  Will you take the #100HappyDay challenge?  Start your list by sharing in the comments what moment, geeky or not, made you smile today.

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