Confession time! I’ve always suffered with anxiety and depression. Always. Even when I was little and meant to be a bundle of joy, I was always worrying and fretting and never enjoying myself because I was too afraid of all the bad things that ‘might’ happen.
Now, of course, I have some tablets that keep me on an even keel and I’ve not suffered depression for years (I did try coming off them once, but soared straight back down into a deep depression, so I’m back on them) and life is dandy, but I’ve recently started doing something that I find really beneficial.
It’s always too easy to look for something to worry about, to find the bad things that happen, so I decided to join up on http://www.100happydays.com
All you have to do, is find something every day, for 100 days that makes you happy. It can be a photo, something on Pinterest, something someone says, or maybe a video on YouTube. It could be a favourite book, or just the tiniest thing in your day that makes you smile. Makes you happy. And then you post it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #100daysofhappiness Day ? (Whatever the number is!)
It’s brilliant. I didn’t think I’d last. I didn’t think I’d remember to do it, or have the time, but you know what this thing does? It makes you find the time to look for happiness. And by doing that, you spend your day, looking for the positives, so you’ve got something to post for the next day. And for someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, finding the positives every day, instead of focusing on the negatives every day, is a huge deal.
It reminded me of Oprah’s thankful Journal, I once saw. That you wrote down in a journal every day, five things that you were thankful for. I never completed that. I wasn’t in the right place at the time, but I appreciated the idea.
So what makes you happy? What causes a smile in your heart? Find something today, look for the positive and comment below what’s made you happy today. For me? I got told the title of my first ever book with Medicals, ‘The Baby That Changed Her Life’. My first title! (Squees happily and does a merry dance!) I’d love to hear yours x