Monika’s Musings

miscellaneous tidbits on marketing, advertising, and life in general

The 100 happy days challenge

February6

One hundred happy days. Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Do we have the time to be happy for 100 days? In a ROLL?

According to the stats on 100 Happy Days, 71% of the people who decided to try the challenge out failed, precisely due to lack of time. Despite the fact that all it takes is to snap a shot of something that makes you happy and to post & hashtag it on a preferred social media platform.

Today I saw the challenge posted on my Facebook wall by dearest friend who knows all too well how I can lose myself in unnecessary unhappiness. It reminded me of something Petya used to do, called “Good things recently” which I found to be very sweet: every once in a while, she would post on her blog a list of random things that made her happy.

That goes back to the old trick given to people struggling to find happiness in order to help them: even on our worst days, there is at least one single tiny little thing that’s good in one’s life. Could be a stray ray of sunshine on a February morning. Or a song on the radio that you loved in high school. Or the fact that this particular annoying colleague took a day off today. You get the point. When you get into the habit of recording these things (whether as little notes, or snapshots, or whatever rocks your boat), you get into the habit of seeking out the things that make you happy and … TA-DA: you become happier.

So I signed up. Right in the midst of the birthday blues. And as I am writing this, I catch myself already thinking about things that could “qualify” for the challenge. See – I haven’t even started and it’s already working – I am seeking out the things in life that make me happy.

Do YOU take the time to be happy every day?

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I guess you don’t live here

November12

There are many in need in Bulgaria and therefore many different ways, means and channels for soliciting donations. One that has become popular lately is young people selling Red Cross cards on the streets, asking for a small gratuity.

One such young man stopped Vesko yesterday and told him “I am stopping you because you’re the only person I’ve seen smiling today. I guess you don’t live here.”

“In fact I do; I live and work here,” Vesko told him.

“Oh, then you must be in IT!” the guy concluded.

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A big chemical that

October10

Tomorrow after work my parents will pick me up and we’ll head straight to the village where I spent my childhood summers to visit my grandma. Every time we go, we bring a couple of things which are hard to come by in that region, and which she loves. Olives are always on the list.

Recently a very nice Greek shop with some really good olives opened up in our neighborhood. Tonight I’ll come home late, so as we were driving past it, I asked Vesko to get some for me.

The following conversation ensued:

V: Remind me on the way back from work to get a big can of olives.

Siri: Which work address do you want me to use?

V: Come ON, she KNOWS my address. Remind me on the way back from work to get a big can of olives.

Siri: I don’t understand what you said.

V: Remind me today, AT SIX PM, to get a big can of olives.

M: Giggles.

Siri: Here’s your reminder for today, eighteen hundred hours: “A big chemical that”. Should I set it?

V: NO.

M: Lols

V: Remind. Me. Today. At 6 PM. To get a big can of O-L-I-V-E-S.

Siri: Here’s your reminder for today at 6 PM: “A big can up I’ll”. Should I set it?

M: Laughs and kicks a little.

V: Yes.

 

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