In Pursuit Of Happiness

Let’s just face it there is no one, I repeat, no one in this world who does not aspire for happiness. Now that we are in agreement, let me get to the point of why this post has been created. Even though we all have our own definitions of happiness, we pursue it differently (maybe) but the end goal always stays the same- happiness.

 A few days ago, Corinne undertook ‘My Happiness Project’ and decided to chalk out a month on month planner towards achieving happiness. Her project is inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The Happiness Project’ where Gretchen chronicled one year of her life, month by month, focusing each month on various aspects of her life.

ALI thought it was a brilliant idea to walk on the path towards happiness by constantly focusing on achieving it each day. She would be keeping a log to ensure her goals are met each month and then reflect on her experiences and lessons learnt. How courageous! Personally, I feel it’s a daunting task, considering that some of us do get our bouts of insanity that shudders the center of our being (personal experience). So keeping one happy for all the days of a year obviously is challenging.

But, as they say, if one makes up their mind to achieve something then they often achieve what they set out to do.

Since a year of promise seemed a bit unnerving, I personally took up a 100-day project for myself. The project asks of us to focus on the little things that make us happy each day and document them along the way. It does not ask of us to work on a plan but inspires us to find bliss in mundane things. I hopped on to this because I think I still am not ready for a bigger project like what Corinne has on hand (again, I think she’s so brave to be doing it!). So for me, its baby steps, first!

OWHappiness is elusive for many, so when I saw this advert saying ‘Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?’ I was taken aback. I guess, I never really thought about it, ever. Why would someone want to join it? Why would I want to join it? Am I not happy? The question kept nagging me while I was working in the kitchen, filing reports in the office, listening to music while traveling…it kept haunting me for at least a day and a half and finally, I enrolled. I enrolled because I wanted to know how I could change mundane stuff into something special each day. It’s not like a challenge to run a marathon or climb Everest but it does ask of us to look for happiness each day- a reason to smile and then capture it as a memo.

BMI am still not sure how far I would be able to take it. I feel that keeping myself up to task would be tough for 100 days. More than that, I feel, would I be able to find happiness each day? I guess. I don’t know yet. I would know once I complete the 100 days. But I am still hopeful that I would succeed. After all, pursuing is the direct route to achieving-right?

In case you would like to join #100happydays, log onto their site and enroll. It’s simple and all one has to do is post their ‘happy’ picture on facebook/twitter/instagram. In case you’re not game to share on social media, you can also e-mail it to them. At the end of the 100 days, you might get a collage of all your 100 ‘happy’ things.


So here’s to pursuing happiness each day!


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Linking this to Ultimate Blog Challenge– January 2014

Quotes sourced from : Goodreads


40 thoughts on “In Pursuit Of Happiness

  1. I loved Corinne’s Happiness Project and this 100happydays that you are doing. A fantastic way to celebrate life. As they say, it is all in the mind. If we consciously decide to be happy, we will be happy. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit so with 100 days, you would have it in your system to be happy! Way to go, Kajal. 🙂

  2. Awesome Kajal, am sure you will easily succeed in the 100dayhappiness project and go on to participate in The Happiness Project as well 😀 Here’s wishing you all the very best for both of them 🙂

  3. Now that’s interesting. I read about Corinne’s happiness project and I agree with you; she is very courageous. You’ve gone with a 100 days. If I ever do it, I’ll begin with 21 days. And then we’ll see where it goes. 🙂

    All the happiness to you for the next 100 days… and beyond. 🙂

  4. I read at Corinne’s space and now yours…it looks so much fun and it would be interesting to take up this happiness project! I would love to see the collage of 100 happy pics!!

  5. May you be happy not just for 100 days but for all the 365 days of the year. My best wishes with you. And hey, please do share the collage as soon as you receive it at the end of the challenge. 🙂

  6. I read somewhere that there is a Happiness gene. Health, self worth, happiness of loved ones all contribute towards my happiness. Though it is tough to be happy 24/7 for hundred days at a stretch, one can always try.

  7. It’s an awesome project to quantify happiness. Still, the tricky question is how do we weigh happiness and what counts for ultimate happiness? 100 days is good stuff that shall pave the way for life long happiness. cheerz, Kajal:)

    1. Hopefully so too, Vishal. Its just a way to find happiness in the simple little things each day. Sometimes the mundane of things are ignored but if we find quality, we can. hence this project!

  8. wow this looks very interesing..I am almost tempted to join… I am sure your happiness journey will be awesome,,afterall this is one journey where definitely journey is the reward

  9. This is a cool project but right now I am not able to click and upload every day but the 100 happy things and collage are all quite interesting
    Wish u happiness the whole year 🙂
    happy new year

  10. I wish you all the best. I loved the title of your post ” In pursuit of happiness”. It’s all about being happy – so many times we miss this important point………yes, it’s all about being happy within. I have my thinking cap on now…

  11. A couple of weeks ago I had a strange dream where I received many messages from the Universe. One of them was “Happiness is not a pursuit, it is a state of being”. If you try to find it, it will be elusive. Instead intend just to feel happiness. You can do it Kajal.

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