#100HappyDays & Happiness Tests

So, if you are anything like me, you will know and recognise when something annoys you, but do you know and recognise what makes you happy! In these crazy times, with all the pressures life throws at us, it seems that we may have forgotten how to be happy and the benefits happiness can bring. So as a little experiment I have jumped on the 100 happy day’s band wagon.

100 Days Happy

I keep seeing the hash tags 100happydays, 100dayshappy and variations on Facebook and Twitter – all with a picture of the source of the individual’s happiness. So with the help of Google I decided to investigate this viral trend.  The basics – for 100 days in a row, take a picture of whatever made you feel happy and post it to your preferred social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) and use the hashtag #100happydays and a few words if you want.

Reading posts like “Are you one of those people like me who has a super busy life? Does your daily agenda allow you to be mindful of what makes you Happy every day? No? Well you may be interested in #100happydays. It truly is a lovely project to get you back in touch with what makes you happy.” (Manon Popjes) and my friends pictures have inspired me to give it a go. Firstly, this challenge is not about being happy 24/7 – it is about taking note of what makes you happy and about finding time for happiness every day.

Now ‘Being Sharon Greenwood’ I just cannot do it for the sake of doing it, so decided to do some ‘bench-marking’ to gauge if my happiness does in fact increase by reminding myself that ‘happy things happen every day’ … I just don’t acknowledge them anymore.

So back to Google to find some ‘Happiness Tests’, I completed three of varying complexity and here are the results:

Test 1:
http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1320 (47 Questions)
Result:  42/100 Cynicism.

100 Happy Days Test 1
Cynical me?

Test 2:
As the specialist Tal Ben-Shahar explains, happiness depends on the level of pleasure you get from your day to day activities, and the meaning you reach by performing these activities.
Result: Pleasure = 31%, Meaning = 49%

100 Happy Days Test 2
Need more of both?

Test 3:
This is an actual psychology study so you do need to enter some basic info, age, gender etc. I feel that out of the three this is the most accurate – oh and you get to do a free personality test at the end, which, for me, was really accurate.
Result:  Stress – High, Stress Coping – Average, Happiness – Below Average, Positive thoughts – Average.

100 Happy Days Test 3
My current state of mind?


So I now have my starting point. See you in 100 days.




Day Zero Challenge List …. 101 things in 1001 days

My Day Zero Challenge List



A few of my friends are doing this and have posted their lists, reading through them I thought what a great idea – I often think wouldn’t it be good to do this, that or the other and then either forget or don’t do anything about it … so it is now a challenge, and I love a challenge. I don’t have my full 101 list yet and hope I can come up with a few more before my time runs out. Anyway here is a little bit about Day Zero and my list so far.

Day Zero is the largest community of challenge based goal setters in the world.  Choose a challenge, such as our original 101 Things in 1001 Days, then build, track and conquer your list with the help of thousands of other participants.

My 101 Things in 1001 Days

Jan 01, 2013 – Sep 29, 2015

  1. Show C how to roller-skate
  2. Find 101 meaningful things to put on my Day Zero List
  3. Take photos of all C’s artwork from preschool and make a collage
  4. Laminate some ‘writing’ sheets for C, with the alphabet, numbers and his name
  5. Be kind to C in 10 new/different ways, create a list
  6. Create a Day Zero Account
  7. Make a family memory jar for 2013
  8. Skip for 10 minutes a day – and keep a log
  9. Learn to roller skate and get signed off for Roller Derby Basics
  10. Roller Derby – complete 25 laps in 5 minutes
  11. Roller Derby – score points as Jammer
  12. Have a girls night out at least once every quarter
  13. Have a birthday picnic at the park with extended family
  14. Dye my hair purple
  15. Read a book a month – minimum
  16. Finish compiling my Recipe Index Folder
  17. Attempt a new sweet recipe every month
  18. Attempt a new savoury recipe every month
  19. Create a Blog
  20. Do a Wing Walk
  21. Discover a new kid craft for C every month
  22. Decorate for Valentines Day
  23. Create a new blog document at least once a month
  24. Complete a minimum of two activities on my Pinterest ‘I want to Board’
  25. Sell all those things gathering dust that you had planned to sell
  26. Clear out the boxes of books and videos in the attic
  27. Create picture videos of Charlie for every year
  28. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
  29. Continue laser tattoo removal
  30. Write a letter to myself to open on my birthday in 10 years
  31. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home décor
  32. Complete a colouring book
  33. Camp in the Garden with C
  34. Learn 50 new things by clicking the random articles button on Wikipedia
  35. Go to the Theatre and watch a show
  36. Teach C the ‘Time Warp’
  37. Buy Hubby some flowers just because you love him
  38. Cook a candlelit dinner for hubby for no reason
  39. Make a map picture of our pre baby holiday destinations (Pinterest)
  40. Take Mother in Law out to lunch
  41. Update my website
  42. Create a bucket list
  43. Write C a wish for you letter
  44. See if I can get someone to sign up to Day Zero because of my blog
  45. Put £2 coin in a jar for every completed challenge on this list – and spend wisely
  46. Enter some competitions
  47. Use your Diary
  48. Learn Joomla
  49. Learn how to create an ebook
  50. Write and publish an ebook
  51. Listen to your favourite music everyday
  52. Leave feedback online for stuff you buy
  53. Read a newspaper at least once a week
  54. Clear up those magazines and create a cuttings folder for bits you want to keep
  55. Design a dream home just for fun
  56. Create a workout schedule and try to stick to it
  57. Move all those pictures on your hard drive onto CD or USB
  58. Go to Oxford and do the open top bus tour
  59. Invite an acquaintance in for coffee and get to know them better
  60. Take C on a public transport adventure using buses and trains
  61. Go to a museum
  62. Remember to take your vitamins – daily
  63. Create a daily to do list and do it
  64. Have a random day
  65. Make a birthday list and remember to send cards
  66. Send an anonymous gift to someone

via: dayzeroproject.com/user/ShazzieGee

Well here we are on the 1st January 2013 and I have come up with the remaining 35 of my 101 things to do … guess this means I complete goal #2

67 Tweet More
68 Donate nectar points to charity
69 Walk part of the Ridgeway
70 Learn to make an Origami animal
71 Customise 3 items of clothing
72 Find 50 recipes with apples and create book
73 Buy Martha Stewarts Encylopedia of Crafts
74 Buy Guitar Hero 6: Warriors of Rock – Guitar Bundle (Wii)
75 Make a list of unusual Christmas Gift Websites
76 Read 5 books that will change your life as recommended in Essentials Magazine
77 Cook Valentine Cookies for family and friends
78 50 Questions that will free your mind
79 Listen to 26 bands I’ve never listened to, starting with each letter of the alphabet
80 Make a sock monkey
81 Plank for 1 minute
82 Try a Cocktail I have never had before
83 Go stand up paddle boarding
84 Go Pony Trekking in Wales
85 Instead of Birthday Gifts ask family to buy you a gift for World Vision
86 Go meat/fish free for a week
87 Invite F and N to dinner
88 Plant a tree
89 Create 20 my own Hint or Tips for Pinterest
90 Run PC Clean up Monthly
91 Memorise a Poem
92 Give away 20 books
93 Ask 10 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
94 Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
95 Try on my wedding dress
96 Create something with C’s old wellies
97 Buy 10 CD’s
98 Give away 20 DVDs
99 Help Organise a Theme Night Fundraiser
100 Volunteer at Church
101 Volunteer to do something at C’s school


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