“Happy” by Pharrell Williams topped six Billboard radio format charts: Adult Contemporary, Pop and R&B, as well as, Pop songs, Rhythmic songs and Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop. It hit number one in 24 countries. Nominated for an Oscar, Billboard Music Awards, BET Awards, a Teen Choice Award, among other awards. The music video has been remade countless times by happiness seekers everywhere. Even causing Iranian youth to be jailed for their version of the award winning video. It has been said that high energy song has sparked a global movement of happiness.
The pursuit of happiness transcends gender, culture, race, religion and creed. We can all relate to simply wanting to be happy. Everyone has their own personal way of obtaining happiness. Whether it’s traveling around the world, starting a family or seeking higher education. We believe if we could just get to or past a certain point in life then we will truly be happy. I agree accomplishing goals and realizing dreams brings happiness, but I believe in order to ensure happiness between those defining moments we have to set out to live a grateful life.
I’ve found that to be true through my own personal experience and through the research of others about the link between happiness and gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. The technical term for happiness is subjective well-being. Psychologist have found that gratitude is one of the keenest predictors of, you guessed it, happiness.
In the beginning of August I was inspired by my favorite vlogger, Andrea Lewis, to join the #100happydays challenge. It’s a challenge, put on the by the 100HappyDays Foundation, to document happy moments through pictures. I’m thirty-seven days into the challenge and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. It is through this challenge that I have accomplished my personal goal of just waking up grateful and going to sleep grateful. I look for reasons to be grateful and this has brought me happiness on a daily.
Now, I’m not saying that gratefulness is cure all to life’s issues. I have had my low moments throughout the challenge. I’ve learned that it is up to me and how I choose to face those issues. When faced with things that threaten my happiness I have to make a decision to keep it moving, because there is so much to be grateful for in life. This challenge, which I’m documenting via Instagram, has given me a new perspective and caused me to realize how beautiful life can be when I choose gratitude.
Here are a few my happy moments. Join me and start your own #100happydays challenge.