100 days of happiness challenge

My friend Jess recently started posting photos of her everyday on Facebook, along with the hashtag #100happydays. In all the photos she was doing something fun, eating something delicious, or spending time with her loved ones.

I didn’t give it much thought but then I read this post on the 100 days of happiness challenge on travel blog Unbrave Girl and realised that this is something I should try.

The 100 days of happiness challenge is where you post a photo each day on social media (or email it to the organisers if you want to keep it private – but that’s boring) of something that makes you happy.

It’s proving popular – the Daily Mail even wrote an article about it.

What make you happy donkey Double-Barrelled TravelFail rate of the 100 days of happiness challenge

Sounds easy?

Apparently it’s not. More than 70% of people who start the challenge don’t complete it, saying they ‘don’t have enough time’.

Not enough time to be happy? Ludicrous!

The benefits of the 100 days of happiness challenge

The good news is though, if you do pull through and complete the challenge, then it has a number of benefits.

The main two I’m interested in is that you start to realise what makes you happy and are more grateful for the ‘simple’ things in life. Plus, sharing what makes you happy is meant to boost your mood.

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Spending time with my mum makes me happy – unfortunately I won’t be seeing her over the next 100 days…

All the things I’m grateful for

The past year has been one of the, if not the, best year of my life. If you’d asked me five years ago what I’d likely be doing in five years time then I would’ve said ‘travelling the world’. And that was even before I thought that travelling on a permanent basis was possible.

Now, I’m fully realising that it is and each day throws at us new and exciting things.

There’s something wonderful about not knowing where you might be living in a couple of months time – or what you might be doing.

I think this excitement is one of the things that definitely makes me happy.

We’ve been travelling for nearly a year now, exploring the world slowly, and it’s been wonderful.

Claire and Carmen Double-Barrelled Travel

Spending time with my besties makes me happy (silly outfits not essential)

Being more responsible for my lifestyle

I think the biggest freedom I’ve gained over the past 12 months isn’t the fact that I can pick up my bags and move on when I’m ready to explore a new place. Although this is a fantastic benefit to our lifestyle, the biggest freedom I’ve gained has been from being completely in control of our finances.

And when I say ‘completely in control’ I mean working for ourselves.

There’s so much freedom that comes with that. You can pick your hours, you don’t have to report to anyone and there’s no office politics.

Plus, we love what we do so much and every day we’re actually looking forward to sitting at our desks. And when you’re 100% in control of your income, it’s so much more exciting when you get paid – whether it’s $1,000 or $10,000 a month, the excitement is still there because you’ve earnt it all on your own.

Also, you’re not stuck on a salary so the sky’s the limit on how much you can earn! (Which is what we discovered this month when we got a massive amount of work to do – it’s been brilliant!)

#100happydays spam

So get prepared for my #100happydays spam where I post a photo on our social media platforms of something that’s making me happy each day.

Starting from today!

Here’s the first photo – a delicious and healthy photo of the spiced apple and walnut oatmeal bake I made. I got the recipe from this e-book and Dave and I plan on eating it with Greek youghurt for breakfasts this week.

Yummy, yummy... get in my tummy! Day One of #100happydays

Yummy, yummy… get in my tummy! Day One of #100happydays

Scrumptious.

This being in my belly puts a smile on my face.

For the rest of my other #100happydays follow me on Instagram!

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Carmen has been nomadic since May 2013 and the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel. She loves experiencing new cultures and learning new languages. She is having the most fun when skiing down a mountain, scuba diving in the Caribbean or curled up with a good book.

4 comments on “100 days of happiness challenge”

  1. Sally Reply

    Wahoo! So glad I now have a #100happydays challenge buddy. Good luck! And that apple bake thingie looks AMAZING.

  2. Emily Reply

    I love the idea of the 100 days of happiness challenge, but just haven’t considered committing ourselves to it (I think I take the easy out and blame 24 hour bus rides and poor wifi as blocks to doing it everyday). Maybe I will just let that go and take it on, even if I miss a day 😉
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    • Carmen Allan-Petale Reply

      You should do it! I’m enjoying it although finding it a little challenging – you’re right, it is difficult to do when you travel and work on the road. I guess you just have to try and be creative with it. Like today I just posted a photo of me crossing things off my to do list. Not very fun but it was all I could think of 🙂

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