The Pursuit of Happiness Episode 1

Have you ever heard of the #100HappyDays project? Yeah, the social media trend wherein once a day, you post a photo of something that made you happy, for the next 100 days? I’m pretty sure you have friends or contacts on your social network participating in this activity, and surprisingly, the project has taken social media by storm. It’s as if being happy has become a challenge for most of us.

One Sunday afternoon, I found myself stumped. There wasn’t anything I felt like posting for my #100HappyDays project. I mean, seriously? How does one run out of things to make oneself happy? But on that one unfortunate Sunday, I racked my brains out and found nothing to post. Nothing was making me happy that day.

I resorted to walking. I walked to a National Bookstore near home, hoping to find a nice book to purchase. There wasn’t anything that caught my fancy. I explored one shop after the other, aiming to buy something nice for myself. It was then that I felt even more depressed, because it seemed that my happiness relied on a shiny new purchase. Who said you can’t buy happiness? At that moment, I felt like I can.

But there was nothing in the shops I entered that made me want to spend money. I walked a kilometer or two until I reached the city proper, still in search for something nice that was worthy of posting. After two hours of walking and shops I couldn’t keep count of anymore, I headed back home defeated. I was bored and uninterested, and felt like I was doomed to be depressed the whole day.

I was taking it out on the people around me. Imagine how I made such a positive project backfire on me. And hopefully I’m the only person who felt this way while doing this little project. You see, the question is not what will make us happy, but rather, “What do we want to gloat about online?” I could have posted a photo of a soft serve ice cream, and that will make me happy any day, but felt like I’ve already posted a similar photo before, and no one likes to see a repost. Our generation today is so obsessed with the new and the shiny and have taken our boasting and gloating to the world of social media. And even  most trends get old given a few days or weeks.

Mustard yellow- Seasalt Caramel coating of Magnum Gold

So at the end of the day, I found myself finding solace in the company of a canned coffee and a stick of Magnum Gold. Riding the bandwagon late, it’s still new to me, and I was curious as to what it tastes like. I was excited for it because it had a seasalt caramel coating on top of a Belgian coating wrapping the vanilla ice cream inside. I didn’t like it as much as the original or the Almond-flavored one, but found contentment, feeling privileged to be able to afford stuff many people can’t. The realization that I wasted a few hours of my life obsessing about what to post crashed on me. :)) It was a terrible feeling, wasting a resource you can never get back.

As a final note, please don’t obsess over stupid things and make your life unnecessarily miserable. There are so many reasons to be happy, IG-worthy or not. :) You don’t need the approval of others to be happy and to determine the things that make you happy.-HANA

3 comments to The Pursuit of Happiness Episode 1

  • Justine Davis  says:


  • Arminda Puno De Leon  says:

    That gold, oooohhhh,,,I wanted to eat and the opening of Magnum Manila that I missed. Let’s shoot for that #100Happydays!

  • Aegeane Brioso  says:

    I already tried that Magnum Gold! I love it’s taste and they are having a customized magnum ata in the past events. :) Masarap siya, but the prize makes me cry. Haha! But I feel contentment in my summer cravings the moment I tried this one. Love the quote at the end of this post. :)

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