Today is the last day of my #100happydays challenge, so I thought that I would conclude with my feelings about it. You can read about the concept of #100happydays here. Essentially the idea is to see if you can be happy for 100 days in a row and mentioning it on a social network, usually Facebook tagged with the hashtag #100happydays. At any point you can click the hashtag in Facebook and see what all the other #100happydays people are doing. My 100 happy days began back in June, just as my wife Susan went off to England for a few days. I’d noticed a few of my friends doing the challenge, notably Duncan Newbury and Wendy Coggan who both did seem to be having some fun days.
So lets look at some of the claims from the 100happydays.com site, these are in the bit called “Why would I do that?”
It says: People successfully completing the challenge claimed to:
- Start noticing what makes them happy every day: Yes I’d agree with that and most of the time it was pretty simple stuff, like people saying thank you, being appreciated and seeing the value in friends that I had already, especially ones that I hadn’t seen for a long time (Hi Eddie!).
- Be in a better mood every day: I usually wake up in a pretty good mood and I’m either dragged up or down by the people around me. I’ve learned to let other people’s bad moods not influence my own so much, it’s a bit selfish, but if people around me are not being positive then I’m off!
- Start receiving more compliments from other people: I can’t say I have received more compliments – for an ageing hippy geek, nobody is going to say ‘you look great today!’ – but – when somebody says I played great bass or I helped them with their website or something, I have really appreciated it.
- Realize how lucky they are to have the life they have: Everyday I wake up breathing I realise how lucky I am, the fact that I have somewhere lovely to live (albeit a bit cold sometimes), a wife and children is the icing on the cake.
- Become more optimistic: Oh yes! Not just me though. I think both Susan and I have become increasingly optimistic over the last year – me, possibly more in the last 100 days. We have both been busy publishing books, writing articles and making music since we launched our Kevin Ayers site. In the process of doing this we have made some excellent friends and had some wonderful opportunities. I’m hoping this will continue, the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades!
- Fall in love during the challenge: I’m always in love, I’m just not that good at showing it. My Mum has had a rough time this year and my Dad has coped brilliantly, I love my Mum and Dad more than ever.
For most of 2014 I have been working on removing Google Penalties from web sites that have had bad SEO work done on them. This included a site of my own that was penalised with the Penguin 1.0 penalty in April 2012. I did this with the help of a service called Link Detox by Link Research Tools who are based in Austria. At the same time I decided to take the training offered by Link Research Tools, which would give me a very nice qualification in SEO. There are 3 levels of certification you can achieve as an individual; Associate, Professional and Xpert. By April I was a Professional which entitled me to go to the ‘secret’ event in Vienna in May. I was desperately trying to achieve the Xpert status, but didn’t do it in time for the meeting. This happened later on July 5th which was certainly one of my favourite one of all my 100 happy days.
My 100 days started in June. June was a time of hard work for me as I had just come back from the Link Research Tools Certified Event in Vienna and I was desperate to achieve my Certified Link Research Tools Xpert qualification. I did this by writing an epic case study called Vivint.com SEO Visibility Plummets from Manual Penalty, I also had quite a lot of other private SEO and Penalty Removal work to do at the same time. I have really enjoyed the training and achievements I have made with Link Research Tools this year. So what happened today? A large package arrived today from Christoph Cemper and the Link Research Tools team. I’ve got 2 LRT tops, 4 LRT T-Shirts and an LRT Superhero Umbrella – a perfect end to my #100happydays! BTW I especially love the umbrella and the hoodie. Thank You!