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My 100 Happy Days challenge: Week 3

By: Simone Castello
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My 100 Happy Days challenge: Week 3

By: Simone Castello
I got over the initial hump, and I now feel like I'm in the thick of things. I will freely admit that when I first started the 100 Happy Days challenge, I would anticipate my happy moments. Something good would happen and I'd think, "Is this it? Is this my happy moment for the day? Should I take a photo?" Sometimes two or three things would happen and I'd get slightly stressed, wondering which of the things to document. So I'd document all of them. (Sorry, to those of you who follow me on social media!) My intern Linda is also doing the challenge and said she has had to master the art of patience in her effort to succeed. She noted that the time factor was a huge issue for her. "I felt like I had no time—and it's one of the reasons most people who took this challenge failed," she said. And Linda does not want to be a statistic, so she has pushed through and completed her second week. (I'm super proud of her!) I've started meditating on a lot of things in my life that make me happy: my family, because they're part of me; my job, because it lets me be creative with a group of inspiring coworkers; the fact that I live in such a vibrant city like Toronto; the sunshine after months of darkness, and the list goes on. When I really think about it, there are so many more things in my everyday life that bring me joy than things that bring me sadness. Yet it's so easy to get caught up in the negativity, isn't it? Maybe we can blame gravity for being so quick to let us get down than lift us up -- and let us stay up! What I'm learning very quickly, though, is that I'd much rather be happy than sad. I know it's not easy (believe me, I know), but what other choice do we have? Yes, there are terrible things happening all around the world, and sometimes, awful experiences hit too close to home. However, it's important to seek the brighter spots in our days -- the simple things that we take for granted, because those things are life lines. Those moments and experiences give us strength and remind us of our precious gift of life. week3HappyDays A summary of captions from days 13-21 of my #100happydays challenge: Day 13. Cheers! #100happydays Day 14. Learning to better appreciate life as a #curly top. #100happydays #curlyhairdontcare Day 15. I'm sick. BUT @katedaley1 came to the rescue! Lesson? Be friends with the #health editor. Thanks for looking after me, friend. @#100happydays Day 16. It's the 15th of April and it's snowing. But I came in to work to this lovely note at my desk. Funny coworkers. #100happydays Day 17. #Tulips from the Canadian Parkinson's Society to brighten my day. #100happydays Day 18. Finally made it to St. Lawrence Market for lunch with @koaalamama. #100happydays Day 19. Attended Good Friday mass with my family. So grateful and blessed. #100happydays Day 20. Clear blue skies in #Toronto and a bright sun. Get outside! #100happydays #spring Day 21. She has made caramel custard as a treat for every special occasion for as long as I can remember. Just another reason why I adore my mum (and this treat). #100happydays Don’t forget — you can come back here every Friday to read about my journey. I’ll discuss my experiences, joys, challenges and lessons learned. Would you like to keep up with my progress? You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram to be part of my journey.
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