Because I’m Happy!

Because I’m Happy!

The song “Happy” from the movie Despicable Me 2 was a huge hit last year. It was even nominated for an Oscar. But as catchy as the tune is, there were/are tons of people who detest it. I’m not one of them. I’m not because I think we need more focus on being happy–even if the reminder comes in the form of a catchy tune from an animated film.

So I was excited when I came across the website 100 Happy Days. The person behind the movement is Dmitry Golubnichy, who challenged himself to stop and think about the things that made him happy. According to HLNtv, Golubnichy says, “I believe that being happy is a choice and everyone can be happy just by appreciating little things in life one has instead of engaging in the constant chase for ever rising internal & external expectations, which leaves no time for being happy.” He started to chronicle his happy moments in photos, and soon found that his iPhone was out of memory from all the “happy” he was photographing. On December 30th, he decided to share his challenge with the world, and #100HappyDays was born.

The premise of the challenge is simple: Every day for 100 days find something for which you are happy or grateful. It can be anything. Then post the photo to any of your social media accounts with the hashtag #100happydays . . . or don’t. The important part is challenging yourself to find what brings you joy, not whether or not you post it to Facebook.

So come on, get happy. Are you up for the challenge?


About the Author

By day, Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger. By night, she and her husband, Mark, are the caretakers and social directors for their four kids: Maddie, Alex, Riley, and Kacey.
  • Gary

    Call me sentimental, I love the Happy Song especially the video version on You Tube. It always does my heart so much good to see so manycommon ordinary people just celebrating life for 4 min and 8 seconds. We all have so much to be gratefully happy for. Life is truly a gift from our Father, may we find the strength of His love to reject the temptations to be anything less than “Happy”, even in our darkest hours.