Throwback Tuesday: 100 Happy Days Challenge

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For the past 47 days,  I have been participating in the #100HappyDays challenge. Each day, I take a picture of something that makes me happy, and post it to my Twitter account with the hashtag #100happydays. At the completion of my 100th happy day, the site will send me a little book compiled of my 100 pictures.

100 Happy Days was created by 27-year-old Dmitry Golubnichy of Switzerland. The challenge’s website, 100happydays.com consists only of a few details about the challenge, and a form for users to sign up.

Skeptical but interested, I signed up for the site in mid-February. As I approach my 50th happy day, I wanted to share my experience with the site over the past few weeks. I know that #tbt is supposed to be on Thursday, but I thought that posting on Tuesday would be a close-ish substitute. All pictures below are my own.

I had been interested in the idea of 100 Happy Days for a few weeks, but was finally compelled to start the challenge in the middle of midterms, when a perfect latte made my morning:

Happy Day 1 Spring break followed soon after. Participating in 100 Happy Days reminded me to take pictures of all of my fun experiences:

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It seems that if it’s not food that’s making me happy, it’s usually my friend’s ridiculous 3-legged cat.

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And #100happydays has shown me all of the things that I’ve accomplished in just a few short weeks:  Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 8.17.17 PM

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 8.16.25 PM Most of all, the challenge has shown just how much I appreciate food:

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All jokes aside, I’m starting to see the effects of participating in the challenge. Even on my worst days, I’m forced to be aware of the people and things in my life that make me smile. I’m not sure if I’ll really get the little book the website promised, but I’m grateful that 100 Happy Days has helped me to be a more positive person. Here’s to the next 53 happy days!

What made you happy today?

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#myNYPD: What Happens When Viral Backfires

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Viral campaigns can be effective and inexpensive ways for organizations to get some positive press. Going viral isn’t always easy, so it’s a major feat to see your campaign take off. But what happens when you go viral for all of the wrong reasons?

The New York Police Department is currently looking for a remedy for this problem. Last week, the NYPD turned to Twitter to drum up support, asking followers to tweet their photos with NYPD officers using the hashtag, #myNYPD. The campaign was meant to show appreciation for the officers and to “communicate effectively” with city residents.

The original tweet of the #myNYPD campaign. (via NBC News)

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What Makes Buzzfeed Lists So Popular?

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It’s a rare day when my Facebook newsfeed isn’t  flooded with Buzzfeed articles shared by friends, with captions such as “OMG, this is so us!” or “The quiz told me I’m most like [TV character] but I’m definitely more of a [other TV character].”  I never quite know how to react to these posts. I used to hate almost all of them, on the principle that an online quiz could never accurately portray me. Despite this feeling, I’ve been sucked in to posting the latest quizzes to my friends’ walls.

Who wouldn't want to be Olivia Pope?! (via Buzzfeed)

Who wouldn’t want to be Olivia Pope?! (via Buzzfeed)

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2048: Fighting my Addiction to Online Games

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Normally, I’m a very easy-going person. But the second someone mentions any type of contest or game, I transform into some type of competitive monster, determined to go home with the prize (or at least some bragging rights).

Last night, Louisville was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament, effectively putting an end to my re-found interest in college basketball.

Louisville's gone, and so are my chances to win a $20 Chipotle giftcard

Louisville’s gone, and so are my chances to win a $20 Chipotle gift card.

Just when I’d thought I’d have to resort to doing homework and job apps, a new, addictive online game started to take over my Facebook newsfeed: 2048.

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The Best Way To Keep Your Sanity During March Madness

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“Don’t bet on sports.”

That’s what my Dad loves to remind me after every big sports upset. I’ve always carried this piece of wisdom with me, and it has served me (and my wallet) well.

However, as a hungry college student, how could I turn down an opportunity to win a $20 Chipotle gift card? All I had to do was create a bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Playoffs, and hope that I chose my winning team better than my friends did.

When I last followed college basketball, AIM and Myspace were all the rage.  (Via  The Fumble

When I last followed college basketball, AIM and Myspace were all the rage. (Via The Fumble)

The problem is, I haven’t followed college basketball for years. March Madness doesn’t mean a thing at my current school. I was an avid Duke fan in high school (the era of J.J. Redick), but after I decided that I wouldn’t be attending Duke, I lost all interest in the team and the sport.

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A Rant on Selfies

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Did you know that the first ever selfie was taken in 1839? Robert Cornelius, an scientist from Philadelphia, “took the image by removing the lens cap and then running into frame where he sat for a minute before covering up the lens again”. This was the resulting image:

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The first ever selfie, taken in 1839 (via Public Domain Review)

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Put Down Your Phone to Save a Life

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In my last post, I discussed Coca-Cola’s new commercial for a faux device, which prevents users from looking at their phones and forces them into the real world.

This week, I’m writing about a real solution to your smartphone addiction: the UNICEF Tap Project. For every 10 minutes that you don’t use your smartphone, UNICEF‘s sponsor, Giorgio Armani, will provide a day’s worth of water for a child in need.

Here’s how it works: Continue reading