“I am just going outside and may be some time.” Lawrence Oates
I recently declared that I was embarking on a 100 day challenge to photograph something every day which made me happy. I did not envisage that this challenge would also coincide with The Happiness Experiment blog not working for a month due to technical issues making it impossible for me to write posts.
Meanwhile I have been photographing and posting my #100happydays photographs on social media during my month of blog silence and it has been a really positive experience so far. It’s a great way to appreciate the things I am grateful for and to make sure to savour experiences. These are both positive psychology practices proven to enhance wellbeing. I have also made a conscious effort to incorporate at least one thing that makes me happy in my life every day. Some days there have been numerous pictures I could have taken and other days I have struggled to find something to photograph. This has been a lesson in itself. It is up to me to choose to do things or to appreciate things which make me happy. I am both in control of my camera (most of the time) and in control of the choices I make.
If you would like to take up the challenge and need some inspiration my photos can be found on The Happiness Experiment Facebook page. They are personal to me. Yours are likely to be entirely different and that’s fine. It doesn’t matter whether you post them on social media or not. I chose to do this for accountability but you can just take photographs for yourself to keep a record of what makes you happy and to do some soul searching about what works and what doesn’t. My search continues….
This post was just a short public service announcement to say that normal blogging services will resume from now on. I hope you will forgive me for the silence when I tell you that I have been focusing on what brings me happiness. Blogging is one of the many creative pursuits I enjoy which brings me happiness but other activities do too. I just stepped outside for a while to try them out…Sorry if it has been a while.
Posted by Shona Lockhart on 25th June, 2014