Monday, 31 October 2011

100Happy Halloween.

I didn't carve a pumpkin this year and my artistic skills pumpkin-wise are limited. But pumpkins are the best thing about Halloween (aside from many, many sweet things) so here are a bunch of pumpkins for your viewing pleasure.

By By Joe Hardenbrook.

By Effy.

By Anna Jane.

Arnold Schwarzenpumpkin by Paul Kelly.

Halloween Cucumber by Explodingfish.

Extreme Pumpkins - lots of pumpkins in one place (click here)

And of course (because no pumpking themed anything would be complete without this):

The Smashing Pumpkins (click here)

Happy Halloween.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Thursday, 27 October 2011

100Happy Photographs of the Day

Photos of the day: Your friends will see you through, because they can't help it. They kinda adore you too much not to.

(Click all for bigger. They always look better in bigger).

Take photographs of your friends or look back on old photographs when you need to cheer yourself up.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

100Happy Today.

I <3 The Wizard of Oz.

The books, the 1939 film, the 1985 unofficial sequel (which I wrote my dissertation on at University), the artwork, the various theatre productions and spinoffs, the songs and the ideas behind the story.

Everything about The Wizard of Oz makes me happy. That's just the way it is.

"If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with."

Learn some Wizard of Oz history (click here)

71 Facts About The Wizard of Oz in The Guardian, 2010. (Click Here)

25 Various Styles of The Wizard of Oz Illustrations. (Click Here)

Pretty Spot On Article About Return to Oz & It's Freakiness. (Click Here)

Ok, so how about this - think of something (a film, a book, a video game, a piece of music...) that makes you happy and re-watch/read/play it. Or look up all the trivia that exists about it. Or spin offs/artwork/sequels/prequels/rip-offs. Nothing wrong with a bit of gorging yourself on something you love.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

100Happy Blog.


Today's #100happy is a blog someone alerted me to the other day. I think it's worthy of a #100happy because the idea of writing down 3 things that made you happy today, and each day, is an excellent one.

'1.Having to write three happy things forces you to search for them in your day, even if it’s only for the reason that you need to add it to your diary, things that, in more negative circumstances, you may have not even noticed.

2.Writing only about positive things in your life enables you to apply a filter, which is not to say bad things do not happen, because they certainly do, but you just filter them out. There’s been many a night when I could not think of a single happy thing, and I could have written a book about all the things that sucked in my day, however, as I was not allowed to write them down, I just moved them out of my head, and replaced them with happier (albeit way more trivial) things.

3.Thinking about the happy things for that day allows you to stay in the present , thereby stopping you dwelling in the past or putting too much pressure on a potentially unrealistic future.

4.Lastly, writing three happy things before you go to bed allows you to go to sleep with a smile on your face.'

- The author, Three Happy Things.

So, yeah.

I really like this idea.

That link again. Clickety click.

Friday, 21 October 2011

100Happy Quote

'Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.'

- Charles M. Schulz

Thursday, 20 October 2011

100Happy Today.

Hector and the Search For Happiness by Francois Lelord (Gallic, 2010)

Lessons on Happiness, by Hector:-

Lesson no. 1: Making comparisions can spoil your Happiness.

Lesson no. 2: Happiness often comes when least expected.

Lesson no. 3: Many people see Happiness only in their future.

Lesson no. 4: Many people think that Happiness comes from having more power or more money.

Lesson no. 5: Sometimes Happiness is not knowing the whole story.

Lesson no. 6: Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamilar mountains.

Lesson no. 7: It's a mistake to think that Happiness is the goal.

Lesson no. 8: Happiness is being with the people you love.

Lesson no. 8b: Unhappiness is being separated from the people you love.

Lesson no. 9: Happiness is knowing your family lacks for nothing.

Lesson no. 10: Happiness is doing a job you love.

Lesson no. 11: Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own.

Lesson no. 12: It's harder to be happy in a country run by bad people.

Lesson no. 13: Happiness is feeling useful to others.

Lesson no. 14: Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are.

Observation: People are kinder to a child who smiles.

Lesson no. 15: Happiness comes when you feel truly alive.

Lesson no. 16: Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.

Lesson no. 17: Happiness is caring about the Happiness of those you love.

Lesson no. 18: The sun and the sea make everybody happy.

Lesson no. 19: Happiness is a certain way of seeing things.

Lesson no. 20: Rivalry poisons Happiness.

Lesson no. 21: Women care more than men about making others happy.

Lesson no. 22: Happiness means making sure that those around you are happy.

Read it!

Hector's Journeys.

Francois Lelord on Hector and the Search for Happiness:

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

100Happy Today

Get 300 post it notes.

Make pictures on your window.

Congratulations. You don't have to look at winter and everyone outside smiles at your nice video game inspired pictures. Job done.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

100Happy Music

'and it's hard to dance/with a devil on your back/
so shake him off'

...a very happy song.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

100happy List of the Week.

Things I Want To Learn How To Do

By Iris Jones.

On a rainy October day like today, things to make you happy may include jumping in puddles or eating stodgy comfort food (I'm thinking bangers, mash and gravy sounds appropiate and delicious). It also seems like a good day to make a list - a list of all the things you want to do and WOULD do it only you had the time. Things to do in order to better yourself. Because how can you change the world for the better if you aren't satisfied with yourself?

'People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.' - Andy Warhol

1.) Learn to cook.

To help me, I have chosen my friend Lianne's blog, Everything Goes With Toast. And I will begin with potato skins stuffed with leek and bacon because that seems like just the right sort of food for today.

2.) Learn to bake.

To help me, Katiecakes has lots of delicious looking pictures. And Dudes With Beards Eating Cupcakes too obviously.

3.) Learn to draw.

My next door neighbour Hannah says that drawing can be taught, and that if you already follow other creative pursuits and have a good eye for things, you can learn to draw well if only you put the time and effort in.

Hannah, by the way, is a brilliant artist and some of her work lives here.

4.) Learn to speak French.

To help me, I listen to French Radio London which sounds very nice in my country cottage, but while I hope in time I'll become fluent just by listening to it, at the moment, a zombie apocalypse could be announced and I wouldn't know any different.

Incidentally, the French for 'living dead' is 'morts-vivants'. See what a beautiful language this is? This is why I must learn it immediately.

5.) Learn to play an instrument.

I recently made a pact with my friend Kate that we would learn bass guitar. Personally, I would pick up my drum lessons again. I wonder if this virtual drum kit can help?

6.) Learn to take better photographs.

Because there's always something new to learn about what you already do.

Spilling Light is my favourite photography blog.

7.) Learn to be good and happy.

And for that, like everything else, I can learn from the greats. My friends and family.

And from one blog in particular, run by one of the most good people I know: Our Invincible Summer which teaches me on a daily basis that being happy is really a very simple concept that comes from very simple ideas. The same ideas that led to 100Happy.

'The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.' - B.B King

Make your list. Nothing is too frivolous or ridiculous to go on there. For example, my secret number 8 is 'Get pilots licence'. Enjoy.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011

100Happy Quote.

'You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.'

- Steve Jobs, 2005

'It's better to help people than garden gnomes.'

- Amelie, 2001

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

100Happy Music

People Help The People - version by Birdy.

'People help the people/
Nothing will drag you down'

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

100Happy Today.

This is one of my favourite postcards in my postcard collection (geek, right?). I've had it since the age of 15. It reminds me of summer and sunshine. I think that when you wake up and it's grey and disgusting outside, it's good to be reminded.

Monday, 3 October 2011

100Happy Today.

I like finding out about the origins of things, and remembering the origins of my own things.

A lot of people ask me why I got 3 multi-coloured cassettes tattooed down my left arm.

Sometimes there is no reason except that a design or a picture or a colour or an idea makes you happy.

I found the origins of what eventually became this:

And I thought you might like to see.

A display seen in a shop window in October 2009.

My drawing of the design in June 2010.

The tattoo is a year old now. It makes me happy.