Well, not exactly. Not consistently. It's fair to say that anyone who claims to be 100% happy, all the time, is either lying, on some kind of mind-altering substance or certifiable - not to mention deeply annoying.
However, the idea that happiness lies in the unexpected, small minutiae of life is one that does resonate with a growing number of people. Personally, I've been looking for the “magic in the minutiae” for some time now, and this project is helping me weed it out amongst the bad traffic / bad weather / bad TV and general bad days of my (actually, very fortunate) existence.
A couple of weeks ago I, along with a small band of like-minded Terabyters, embarked on the #100happydays project. The images here are a small sample of our "happy" shots to date.
Devised by a Ukrainian by the name of Dmitry, it’s a simple experiment involving taking a photo of something that makes you happy every day. You can share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #100happydays or send them directly to the organisers if you prefer a little more privacy.
To date, there have been 1.5m participants across 220 countries. Interestingly, 71% of those who registered did not complete the 100 days. Personally, this served as something of a gauntlet and fired up my enthusiasm to complete the challenge.
The timing of this is fortunate in my opinion – it’s spaced nicely over the winter months; a time when looking for the good stuff becomes a little more difficult. So far I have stopped to look at autumn leaves instead of worrying about when to rake them up, admire the misty mornings rather than complain about the cold weather and remind myself how pretty my little girl is (just before I tell her to clean her room – some things will never change).
If you feel like you could do with a daily reminder of the good stuff, join us in the challenge – so far we reckon it's a winner - we’d love to hear how you got on.