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My 100 Happy Days challenge: Week 5

By: Simone Castello
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My 100 Happy Days challenge: Week 5

By: Simone Castello
I am well into my 100 Happy Days challenge, and I can't stop raving about how much I love it. This is honestly one of the best challenges I've ever taken on, and besides the daily Instagram photos, I'm looking forward to staying with this mindset in the days after I complete my 100 days. happyweek5 One of the things that has added to my happiness in large amounts is my effort to become more fitness-friendly. I know that sounds silly, but hear me out. Earlier this year I decided to try out new activities to get me moving. From yoga to the cardio circuit, I tried quite a few things that didn't really catch my interest. And then I went to a Zumba class -- an experience that changed the way I'll look at fitness, forever! Zumba has become a huge part of my life now, adding to my happiness in many ways. I go to a class every Tuesday night, and I'm even participating in a charity Zumbathon this coming weekend. I also visited Burlington, Vermont, last week, which definitely added to my happiness. I love to travel and enjoy the excitement that comes with exploring a new place and meeting new people. Travelling offers fresh perspective and opportunities to better oneself through new experiences. Here's a tip: If you're looking to get some happy endorphins flowing through you, look for a change of scenery. It can do wonders for the spirit. Last week I also said goodbye to our web interns Linda and Radina. They were with us for four months, and while I was sad to see them go, I'm so proud of them and know they'll be fantastic in whatever they set their minds to in the future. They also gave me cute goodbye cards (Day 31), formatted in web-friendly versions that only a web geek like me would appreciate. (Cue proud mom moment.) All that said, I believe there really is something about this challenge. It's so fulfilling in many ways, and it makes me hopeful. I smile at small blessings in my days and am filled with joy when something grand happens -- even when it doesn't directly affect me. Focusing on the positive really makes a healthy difference, I think. And it pains me to know that we all, so naturally, gravitate towards the negative. I'm curious: What do you do to turn your bad day into a positive one? 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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