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Join the #100HelpfulDays Campaign (an upgrade to the Happiness Campaign)

Kirsten Browning

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The man behind the #100HappyDays hashtag is Dmitry Golubnichy, who openly admits that 71% of people who took on the 100-day commitment have failed “simply because people did not have time to become happy.” Is that it, though? Or is it that the happiness campaign, as well-intentioned as it is, isn’t leading where people hope that it will?

Research indicates that altruism is one of the most prominent factors for those who report being "happy." Specifically, studies find that acts of kindness (especially spontaneous ones) boost levels of reported happiness in the good-doer. So my suggestion is this: What if we upgrade the #100HappyDays to #100HelpfulDays? Each day for 100 days, commit one act of kindness. One good, selfless deed. Take a picture of it if you can, but record it in some way or fashion that you can look back after the 100 days are over and see what you've accomplished. Let's see where that gets us.

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  • Jelena Woehr

    I am SO nutso in love with this concept from your post:

    For a start, I would look to the Grant Study, one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development. As pointed out by George Vaillant (who directed the study for more than three decades): “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points … to a straightforward five-word conclusion: ‘Happiness is love. Full stop.’”

    Okay, so, love. What does that even mean? We can’t buy love at our favorite coffee shop. We can’t make people love us. It doesn’t sound like a very tangible solution.

    Unless we’re talking about Agápe. Selfless love. In action, Agape is altruism.