A Realistic #100HappyDays

100-happy-days-photoYou might have seen the Instagram trend #100HappyDays floating around the Internet, where users numerically document a happy scene or thought from their day. Not only does this get painfully trite and boring, but it leaves you asking the question–did they really have a happy day? Or are they just masking internal pain with a futile social media trend? Because PGP is nothing but journalistic integrity, I thought I would give a more realistic, if not truncated, version of what “#100HappyDays should look like.

  • Two Klonopin next to a piece of toast with the caption “brunch.” #100HappyDays #Day1
  • The blank walls of your cubicle you refuse to decorate because that means you’re a semi-permanent fixture there. #100HappyDays #Day2
  • The growing mound of Chipotle takeout wrappers on your kitchen table that is vaguely beginning to resemble contemporary art. #100HappyDays #Day3
  • The empty row of liquor bottles that in your former dorm room would stand for dominance, but in your current “real” apartment just means defeat. #100HappyDays #Day4
  • The goldfish you keep in your room so you’re not only talking to yourself. #100HappyDays #Day26
  • A shot of one X-Box controller with the caption “Has anyone seen the other one?” #100HappyDays #Day33
  • Your framed diploma that sits propped up against the wall on the floor of your room because you’re too apathetic to hang it. #100HappyDays #Day34
  • An unopened Costco bottle of protein powder because you haven’t had time to go to the gym. #100HappyDays #Day40
  • Your made bed, complete with decorative pillows. You did it! You did it! #100HappyDays #Day41
  • Your mail: a pile of unpaid bills (from companies that still send you paper bills even though you checked off the environmentally friendly email section) and engagement party and wedding invitations. (which are bills in themselves). #100HappyDays #Day50
  • A collection of lifestyle magazines elegantly displayed on a coffee table with a vial of prescription muscle relaxants spilled across them with the caption “me time.” #100HappyDays #Day51
  • A screenshot of a year’s worth of unheard voicemails from your mother. #100HappyDays #Day52
  • The framed needlepoint you crafted spelling “turn down for what,” which is the first step toward creating your dream illicit Etsy store. #100HappyDays #Day54
  • The padfolio you keep stocked with résumés for the “just in case” scenario that never comes. #100HappyDays #Day56
  • Your dinner of stale Tostitos and the green salsa from Trader Joe’s you waited an hour in line for because you thought it was a shame you owned chips without dip (but never thought to check their expiration date). #100HappyDays #Day60
  • A stack of recipe books your mom gave you at graduation that you never used. #100HappyDays #Day65
  • A photo of Pablo, your friendly pizza delivery man, who always compliments your outfit in stilted English whenever he delivers your usual Wednesday “meat lovers’ delight.” #100HappyDays #Day71
  • A #tbt photo you have of that guy you were “dating” before he stopped responding to your texts. #100HappyDays #Day80
  • A pile of clean laundry that desperately needs to–but probably never will–be ironed. #100HappyDays #Day81
  • A vindictive #tbt shirtless pic of the guy you “dated” before you come to your senses and delete it five minutes later. #100HappyDays #Day85
  • The jug of wine you drew a face on with a Sharpie. #100HappyDays #Day87
  • Your #ootd: a white button-down, grey trousers, and black wingtips. So really, no different than any other day besides the unwarranted enthusiasm in documenting it. #100HappyDays #Day88
  • A drunk selfie to prove you know how to “party.” Not pictured: anyone else. #100HappyDays #Day89
  • You at an alumni college party with all the current students visibly wondering why you’re ruining their good time. #100HappyDays #Day90
  • A shot of your mother’s cooking, because it’s the first food made with love you’ve seen in months. #100HappyDays #Day91
  • You drunkenly, inappropriately groping a statue of Ronald McDonald while horrified children stand just far off enough in the distance. #100HappyDays #Day92
  • A #tbt text screenshot of an ex telling you that you were, indeed, right (which you promptly delete three minutes later when he comments “wtf”). #100HappyDays #Day93
  • A ball of fast food receipts you apparently consumed the previous night but blissfully don’t remember. #100HappyDays #Day94
  • A screenshot of the person listed as “White Knight” in your phone repeatedly asking where you are after midnight on consecutive weekdays. #100HappyDays #Day95
  • A screenshotted Snapchat of your friend’s new engagement ring so you can more easily mock its size when you don’t only have six fleeting seconds. #100HappyDays #Day97
  • Lunchtime shots of $10 salads. Four times a week. #100HappyDays

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Writer in NYC. To quote Dr. Seuss, "Being crazy isn't enough."

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