Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?
That's the question 350,000 people are attempting to answer as they take on the 100 happy days challenge. Since the project's December 30 launch, thousands of folks across the globe are sharing daily glimpses into moments that make them happy. The photo submissions range from pictures of family to flowers and food -- a colorful collection of images that shines a light on what makes someone crack a smile.
But who is behind the hashtag #100HappyDays and the website? There's no "About Me" section, no founder listed, just a sign-up form encouraging people to add a little sunshine back into their lives.
Of course, there is a real-life human behind the movement and his name is Dmitry Golubnichy. The 27-year-old lives in Switzerland and embarked on his own challenge last November in an attempt to stop and remember what makes him happy. He says, "I believe that being happy is a choice and everyone can be happy just by appreciating little things in life one has instead of engaging in the constant chase for ever rising internal & external expectations, which leaves no time for being happy."
Among moments that make him happy? His family, his girlfriend, traveling and experiencing new things.
Although Golubnichy says the challenge was difficult at first, soon his iPhone was out of memory from the number of happy photos he was snapping. He stressed the importance of the challenge not evolving into a competition of happiness or envy, but rather a chance to remind people about the "beauty in their life." On December 30, he decided to share his challenge with the world -- launching the 100 happy days website.
Golubnichy says that, although he does take pictures to help chronicle his happiness, he's not currently participating in the challenge. However, he promises he will be challenging himself to "100 days of happy" at least once a year. So far, 71% of people who took on the 100-day commitment have failed. Golubnichy believes this is "simply because people did not have time to become happy."
Confronting Giants blogger Tim Joseph is participating in the challenge -- he's roughly two weeks in. The 37-year-old told HLN he jumped in on the movement because life has worn him down over the years. He notes, "2014 is my year to become more positive so this challenge seemed like a natural fit for me." So far, he says the challenge has helped him become "focused on finding things to be happy about. I believe it starts with where you set your focus and from there the positive feelings will follow.