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The 100 Happy Days Challenge - Part 3
I am now halfway through the 100 Happy Days challenge. About a quarter of the way through I was feeling a strain, akin to beginning a new exercise regimen. During the second quarter, I was legitimately challenged by several stressful, unpleasant life events and situations piling on me at once. Of course, in the face of these troubles, I discovered the true benefits of this challenge. I find I am better equipped to deal with these stressful events, and they do not leave me so helpless.
Furthermore, though I am still quite capable of being annoyed, I can no longer afford to dwell on annoyance. Because every day I am required to find one thing that makes me feel happy, annoyance must necessarily be put aside to make room for happiness when it arises. I am slowly being trained to recognize everything I feel as being temporary, including joy. This may not sound like a positive thing, but it really is. Not expecting joy to last forever takes the pressure off when I need to feel aggravated or sad. And one the other side of things, annoyance and sorrow do not feel so crushing or permanent. I have hit my stride with this challenge, and it feels very freeing.
Day 51: Singing in the Car
Singing in the car with no one around, not caring how I sounded or how out-of-shape my voice is. Just singing until I got sore.
Day 52: Church
I walked to church this morning because it was a lovely day, and I was off work.
Day 53: Animaniacs
Watched old episodes of Animaniacs after work.
Day 54: Starbucks
Bought a frappuchino from starbucks for a treat this morning. I rarely have coffee anyway, and I dearly wished for something sweet for breakfast.
Day 55: The Kind Stranger
I had to park on the street when I got to work because the parking lot was full. There was a decent stretch of curb space, probably about two car-lengths. I pulled up to the edge and started backing up towards the car parked behind me. A gentleman who happened to be walking by stopped to help by gesturing for me to keep backing up and holding up a hand when I was ideally positioned. Thank you, mystery parking helper!
Day 56: Another Kind Stranger
I ate lunch at a fast food restaurant today. As I was finishing, a stranger at the next table was just getting up as well, and he offered to take my tray for me.
Day 57: Kickstarted!
I learned that my best friend's kickstarter project was funded.
Day 58: A Family Gathering
A gathering to celebrate my uncle's recent marriage meant seeing many extended family members I haven't seen in awhile.
Day 59: A funny movie
I found "The Hairy Bird" on Amazon. Having only seen the film in bits and pieces once, I was excited to watch it all the way through. It is quite funny.
Day 60: Afternoon Nap
Took a nap this afternoon, accompanied by my furry feline shadow, Kerry.
Day 61: Job Interview
I set up a job interview for this week.
Day 62: A Funny Sign
This sign outside the coffee shop next door to work.
Day 63: Goal!
I met my sales' goal for the month at work.
Day 64: A Night Out
Several months ago, a couple friends and I won second place in a Doctor Who trivia contest held at a bar. The prize was a $100 gift certificate to said bar. Tonight, we were finally all free on the same night, and we went to use our winnings.
Day 65: Orphan Black
A new episode of Orphan Black to finish off a long Saturday.
Day 66: Jojo's Fashion Show
I spent the day playing Jojo's Fashion Show, one of my favorite games to relax with.
Day 67: Eyesight
Went to the eye doctor for a new contact lens prescription. Turns out my eyes have gotten stronger in the past year.
Day 68: Calvin and Hobbes
Spent the evening reading Calvin and Hobbes books.
Day 69: Hired!
I interviewed at a place that seems like a good fit, and they want to hire me!
Day 70: Massage Magazine
A new issue of Massage Magazine.
Day 71: This is the Day
At work, I called a patient to confirm their appointment, and heard a sweet and amusing message on their voicemail: "This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad. You have reached ***-***-****. Peace and blessings!"
Day 72: Text
A text conversation with a friend to brighten my morning.
Day 73: Memory Box
Going through my memory box with my mother.
Day 74: Paid in Full
It always makes me happy when patients' accounts are paid in full, especially when they've been paying it off a little bit at a time for awhile. I feel so pleased for them.
Day 75: Mug
I used InkGarden to put a picture my friend drew on a mug.