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Hey friends!

Hope you had a marvelous weekend and are ready to take Monday by storm! I had a great run on Saturday with my longest distance since November. Eight miles felt great!

I’m generally a very happy, optimistic person. The name of my blog is HAPPY Fit Mama after all! My family makes me extremely happy. Running makes me happy. Life in general makes me happy. But there has been one area that has been bringing me down lately. A lot. It’s following me daily. It’s affecting my mood (crabby x 10 daily), my eating habits (hello stress eating!) and outlook on life. I’ve had way too many heated discussions as of late. As someone who doesn’t like conflict, this is not good.

Basically, I’ve been a bundle of fun.

Over the weekend, I had a revelation of sorts. My first AHA! was in spinning class Saturday morning. (BTW – Hi Meredith! It was nice to meet you!!) The instructor was amazing! Upbeat and motivating she was full of words to get you pumped up and feeling like you could conquer the world (or at least the imaginary hill climb that we were doing). There was a time when I was like that. Where did she go?

When and how did my glass become half empty?

I don’t like my attitude and it’s not the way I want my life to be. At the end of class, she left us all motivating cards to dare to dream big. Push for your goals. I left the class, energized with a renewed spirit. If I’m unhappy, it’s all up to me to fix it.

It’s time to add some water to my glass to make it half full.

The attitude was shifting. A switch was flipped just like that. I felt lighter just acknowledging that I was in control of my happiness.

Be special, be anything but mediocre

Then Sunday came along and I saw a post about 100 Happy Days.

This was perfect!

We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.

71% of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason.

These people simply did not have time to be happy. Do you? 

This is not a happiness competition or a way of showing off. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting. I’m not doing this for ‘Likes’ or followers.

This is all for me.

At first, I wasn’t going to share that I was doing this challenge. But then I realized that I am not the only one out in the world who needs a little more happy in their lives. Social media sometimes can be the culprit of stealing that happy. However, I think this one might be different if used the right way.

Yesterday started my 100 days of Happy. I’ll be posting a picture on Instagram everyday for the next 100 days with #100happydays of something that has made me happy. It could be a delicious iced coffee, a sunrise, a smile, the first spring flower, whatever. If it makes me happy, that’s all that matters.

There are some things in my life right now that I can not change. But what I can change is my attitude, outlook and feelings towards it.

It’s time to get more happy.

Are you a glass glass half full or half empty type of person?

What’s making you happy right now?

45 comments on “More Happy

  1. I am so glad to hear you had an A ha moment. Those are the best. Especially when they are during a sweat session! I don’t always instagram everyday but I will definitely try to join you. I am a glass half full (almost always) but hey, we have our moments. We get cranky and we forget. OR sometimes something happens and we should legitimately take a few days to feel the weight of whatever is happening. Doesn’t make us NOT happy or not a glass half full person. It makes us real, Can’t have happy without unhappy. Yin and Yang.
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  2. I love this challenge! And yes, I think it’s great you’re letting other people know about the challenge. Sometimes, it takes seeing someone else finding the joy in the little things to get the rest of us looking at life in a whole new way.

    I’d love for you to share your challenge at my Motivation Monday linky party!
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  3. I love that your spin instructor gave you happy cards at the end of class!! What a great idea. Sometimes I can go into a workout feeling anything but happy and then those magical endorphins kick in and you feel like you’re the happiest person on the planet. I don’t know what I would do without that daily endorphin high!!! I’m generally a happy person but, we all get bogged down with “bad” thoughts and need to be pulled back out. So glad this challenge came along when you needed it! Go get your happy back mama 🙂
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  4. Angela I could not love this post any more!!!!! This was such a brilliant read, leaving me with a big smile on my face! I agree with you 1 million percent, and definitely understand what you went through. I am also optimistic, but sometimes I find myself fed up of always being the look on the bright side person in the room. However, it is so cool how one little thing can snap you out of it in a second! I love that it was from someone who was not even a close friend or family member. Isn’t that wonderful? Shows the true beauty of life! My 96 year old grandma always seems to time it to where her packages arrive in my mailbox when I am feeling down, and that snaps me right out of it!

    LOVE this, and CONGRATS on your 8 mile! That was always my number of miles I ran when I knew everything was back to normal and I could relax and enjoy! Have a wonderful Monday 🙂
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  5. Love that you flipped the switch, Angela! I’m a glass half full kinda gal, but we all go through times when it feels like someone knocked the glass over! I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, but I refuse to stay down for long! Good luck with the Happiness Project! Can’t wait to hear more about your journey over the next 100 days!
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  6. Thank you for the reminder to look for the happy! Life is busy…too busy most of the time! I want to show my family what my happy looks like…that they make me happy…that there are things to be happy about EVERY day!!
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  7. I started the 100 happy days challenge, but stopped after a couple weeks. It made me more aware that there are plenty of things that can make me smile during each day & after awhile I didn’t feel the need to post a picture every day. I still try to find something in each day that makes me happy but just keep it to myself now!

  8. Love this. I used to do a “to enjoy list” to remind myself of all the little things that add up to = happy. I try to be half full girl. But it can be hard sometimes. I’ve posted about it too – about people bragging about being SOOO busy, too busy to even email friends back, too busy to just stop and breathe. Missing out on so much.

  9. Thanks for posting. I think I’ve had the winter blahs for too long and needed something to kick start being happy again. Wonderful post. I am signed up for the #100happydays movement now, too!

  10. I love this trend away from carrying impossibly busy like a badge of honor. When it comes time to take count of what to leave in, what to leave out, happy should be the first you leave in. This isn’t to say there won’t be gray hours (I won’t condemn a day because a morning got off to a bad start), but when you’re open to the hope of optimism, it won’t last longer than it should.

    Great post.
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  11. Thank you, thank you for this post. I put on my cranky pants this morning. Dealing with an injury and not being able to run is taking its toll on me. I will join you in this! There’s a reason I scrolled past your post on FB today. Happy day!

  12. I love this. I’m like you–a perpetual glass is half full person, but who can’t use a little gratitude in their lives to elevate that happiness quotient? Good for you. (and I hope you can chase the negatives away asap)
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  13. I’ve been hearing about 100 Days of Happy (interestingly from one of my non-blogging facebook friends!). Also interesting and sad that people don’t have time to be happy.

    I think you have already had your attitude adjustment and your challenge will go great. It is an excellent way to focus on the little things that should make us happy.

    I am definitely a glass half full type (in fact I say it on a regular basis). I always see the upside but even then I get stressed and a little bit down occasionally. My difference is I know that it is temporary, and there will be that light at the end of the rainbow (mixing metaphors is a sign of being happy, did you know that?).
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  14. Not having the time to be happy… that line struck me. We are so focused on being busy! It takes a mindset shift to remember that much of it is our perspective. Hope things turn around for you, but that in the meantime, you can continue to see the glass half full!
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  15. I think that I’m typically a glass half full but I definitely have days/weeks where that is not the case. Glad that you had an AHA moment!!!
    I have always told my boys that we can choose to be happy or we can choose to let things get us down and be cranky!!! I try to choose happy most of the time!
    I can’t imagine anyone being too busy to be happy – yikes!!
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  16. I’m in Florida and it’s raining today…so I had time to catch up on my blogs and post a new one. The rain isn’t making me happy but the race I ran yesterday is. Not my best race but I overpowered the negative thoughts in my head and outran some brutal race conditions. And THAT makes me happy.
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