The theme for Chapel this year is to create, and after sitting in on a few of the sermons I knew I wanted to write an article intertwined with the concept of create. My mind instantly started to search for things that spark personal creativity, but I struggled to identify the creative aspects of my life. It wasn’t until I heard Tony Crank speak in Chapel on October 22nd, about creating space in your life to appreciate God’s creations every day, that I found my own creativity.

I have the ability to create my own happiness every day. Every single person at Northwest Christian University, in Eugene, in Oregon, in the USA and in the world has the ability to choose happiness every single day. As college students we are continuously trying to balance our overstuffed lives of academics, church and Chapel, social lives, extracurricular clubs, athletics and other hobbies, while still trying to maintain good personal hygiene, eating three meals a day, obtaining at least eight hours of sleep and remaining completely and reflectively happy. How is that even possible?

During this busy, sometimes stressful chapter of your life the most important aspect to remember is to be happy. Being in college and getting a certain degree is a choice, not a requirement in life. Choose to make yourself happy by pursuing a degree and a life full of your favorite things.

I regretfully admit that my busy schedule has at times dictated my happiness. Why wouldn’t I take a few minutes or even hours out of my day to appreciate God’s creative nature? I came to the conclusion that whether we realize it or not we are blessed, and we need to acknowledge that every single day. In result I have decided to start the 100 Happy Days challenge and I am also challenging each of you. Join me on Saturday, November 1st (tomorrow), through Monday, February 9th, 2015 in this challenge.

The concept of the challenge is to post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #100happyncudays of something that makes you happy each and every day for 100 consecutive days. The picture could be of your morning coffee, your pet, your friends or seriously anything, because it’s about what makes YOU most happy, not about what everyone else is doing!

I hope that some of you join me on this challenge and any NCU student who completes the 100 Happy NCU Days challenge by March 1st, 2015, (we are giving a couple extra weeks for people who might see this post late) will be entered into a drawing to win $25 cash to do or buy whatever makes you happy. Use #100happyncudays hashtag on Instagram, so that we can track everyone’s progress. I hope that this post inspires everyone to create happiness in their life, and in the lives of others! For more information on the 100 Happy Days challenge go to their website, (http://100happydays.com/) and also visit, (http://www.hlntv.com/article/2014/03/05/100-happy-days-photo-challenge) for more information on how the challenge started and some examples from the creator.

Many people have completed the challenge and are truly happier, but surprisingly the official website states that 71% of people don’t finish the challenge. They say the number one reason listed by participants was because, “people simply did not have time to be happy.” Do you? Can you be happy for 100 days straight?

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