By now, you've surely noticed the hashtag #100happydays popping up frequently on your Twitter and Instagram accounts. For the uninitiated, #100happydays is a movement that makes you happier. How? Easy. The only thing you need to do is take a picture of something that makes you happy every single day for 100 days. Then post each photo across all social media platforms. The Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/Tumblr quartet is ideal.
Easy enough, right?
Apparently not, because a full 71 percent of Happy Days-ers have failed. But don't let that discourage you. Here are five #100happydays photo categories that will help familiarize you with the movement, along with some tips to help you decide what to post.
Self-improvement is an important facet of #100happydays, so it makes sense that a large majority of posts act as photographic proof that you're being healthy and fit. Yoga, Crossfit and gym shots all work well here. Here are some examples of #100happydays #fitspo.
Don't worry about the quality of the photo - just prove to everyone that you were in the gym.
Random sneaker photos never fail to impress.
Yoga + a cute pet = #100happydays magic
While health and wellness provides inspiration for many #100happydays photos, the movement also encourages some well-deserved indulgence. These usually take the form of foodporn pics. Coffee pics feature prominently here, which is confusing because a morning cup of coffee is more a necessity of life that doesn't really deserve documentation. Here are some examples:
Because who doesn't love a good Apple Cinnamon NutriGrain bar.
Literally just a cup of Starbucks. Easy.
Keep it light, keep it fun.
This is a great category because it allows people to take stock of the little things in life. Getting a new charger for your cell phone normally seems like a chore to check off your to-do list. But with the #100happydays challenge, that charger becomes so much more.
Practicality can be fun too.
Look at this. Your life is boring.
And your view sucks.
And you're probably not on a boat.
This category includes photos that have nothing to do with making people happy. 100 days is a long time, so scraping the bottom of the barrel once in a while is understandable. Not every day can be spent dining al fresco at the villa in Firenze. But shouldn't there be some loose parameters for what qualifies here?
What's good about a bandaged wrinkly hand?!
Why would arriving in an empty office after a freezing walk connote anything having to do with happiness?
Other categories include "Selfies with Your Significant Other," "Pet Pics," and "Home Improvement," but the above examples should be more than enough to get you started on your #100happydays challenge. Remember: stick to it! After all, a full only 29% of people succeed, so no pressure anyway.
Alexandra DiPalma is a producer for Fusion Lightworks, Fusion’s In-house Branded Content Agency.