Can You Be Happy for 100 Days Straight?

Can You Be Happy for 100 Days Straight?

This is why you should start #happygramming.

Let me first start off by saying I wasn’t always a believer in the “100 Happy Day Movement." But it was not long after I became aware of the purpose of these accounts by reading about the 100 Happy Day Foundation that I joined the movement myself. @100happydevon was born and I have #noregrets thus far.

I documented my journey on Instagram, but any form of social media works too. Here are 10 reasons why you should challenge yourself to 100 days of happiness.

1. You become more aware of your day-to-day happiness.

Monday: it's as simple as a bowl of ice cream. Tuesday: it's an episode of your favorite Netflix show. Wednesday: it's the feeling of relief after finishing that 10-page research paper that has been hanging over your head for weeks. Thursday: it's a more obvious example of happiness like a trip to your favorite vacation spot, and Friday: it's when your family comes to visit you for the weekend at school. Whatever it is, you are all of a sudden more aware and appreciative of what is making you happy each day and that's a really important thing.

2. You learn how to take control of your own happiness.

It is your responsibility to go out and find your own happiness. You can’t always rely on others to make you happy. I remember one of my best friends who started the challenge at the same time I did said to me when we were about halfway through it: “The best part about happygramming is that it has made me go out more and experience things that I probably never would have done if I didn’t have to do something to make me happy everyday.” No matter how busy or stressed out you are during the day, the challenge forces you to go out, take time for yourself, and do something that will bring a smile to your face.

3. It’s all about YOU.

Happygramming isn’t about how many likes you get on your picture. It isn’t about how many followers you have (if any). It is about you and it is about documenting what makes YOU happy.

4. Warning: It gets addictive, but it's the best kind of addiction.

@100happydevon changed to @365happydevon because I JUST COULDN’T STOP. Trust me, it is not like I needed another social media platform to distract me from all of my non-amusing adult responsibilities. But I just had so much fun being happy that I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.

5. You will always have your account to remind yourself of your happiness.

It’s really fun to look back through your account and see what made you smile everyday. The picture below was my first post as a "happy-grammer."

6. Your happiness will inspire others to be happy.

So many of my friends started the challenge after seeing how much fun I was having while completing it.

7. It’s a way to let others know that they make you happy.

A post of a time spent with a friend, a gift, or a simple text can show others that they played a role in your happiness. Like I said, you're doing the challenge for yourself...but what makes you happy might make others feel good too.

8. Typical “Instagram rules” don’t apply.

Posting once a day on your real Instagram account isn’t necessarily considered “Instagram etiquette.” But happygramming is a different story…

9. Why not?

What's the worst that could happen? If you don’t enjoy it, then you don’t have to continue. You have the freedom, the power, the control to make of it what you want.

10. If all those reasons weren't convincing enough…

At the end of your challenge you can make a small donation to the foundation in exchange for prints or a book of your happy-grams.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.

Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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Social Media Is Robbing Us Of Our Happiness

The age of technology has truly let us down.

Starting off as an efficient way to communicate with loved ones or long-lost friends, I'm afraid that social media has transformed into a catalyst for the decrease in our total life satisfaction.

Social media became a prevalent way of communication around the time that I was turning 10 years old. The concept of having a "smart-phone" was just becoming mainstream and the idea that you could actually use the internet on such a small device was undiscovered to most.

Although I do remember a time without them, most of my life has involved the use of one of these platforms at one moment or another. Around the age of 15, I created my first profile on Instagram; and from there, my online presence continued to spread through to the endless amounts of media platforms that exist today. My adolescence and early adult life immediately became a comparison game against my acquaintances and/or complete strangers that I haven't, nor will ever meet in my lifetime; with the end goal being to see who could prove that they have the "best" life.

At such a vulnerable age, I was unknowingly being targeted by millions of advertisements and suggestions within these applications, informing me how to live a better life. Just do some more of "this" and a dash of "that", then you will finally be happy, they say. However, the cycle never really stops; and this is exactly what social media creators want. I was trying to live a life outside of my own and, in consequence, I was ignoring the one that I was given.

At birth, we inadvertently all have the same goal in mind concerning how we want to live. We simply just want to enjoy. Then, I ask, why do we subject ourselves to countless hours of scrolling through a device that brings absolutely no satisfaction and bears no fruit in our daily existence?

Despite society's constant reminders to accept oneself, we create altered personas of ourselves on the internet, in an attempt to attract the biggest impression. We have created a dichotomy on how to uphold oneself in the public sphere; you may be yourself in private, but must be able to transform online into a person that has zero flaws in fear that we would be perceived as being "socially inadequate".

I didn't need this pressure in my life, so I gave it up completely for a couple of months and rediscovered the joy in experiencing. I'm not saying that everyone should make this step, but rather I challenge everyone to look up from their phones and cherish the day. 'Cause, after all, we may never know what's around the corner.

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