#100happydays – the blog

It was the winter of discontent.   I felt like I had been drudging to and from work under the cover of darkness since the Dark Ages.  My Vitamin D was in serious deficit.  My last dose of sunshine was a faded memory and my next getaway felt like a distant dream.   The outlook was bleak.

January is infamously depressing; it’s cold, it’s dreary and you’re probably skint.  If, like me, you’re prone to a bit of self-diagnosed S.A.D. (Seasonal Affected Disorder) then it isn’t ideal to reside in a country with an ostensive 9 month winter.

So I had the January blues.  Some psychopathic philistines would probably say I just needed a massive slap round the chops.  Those psychopaths would only be partly wrong, because what I did indeed need was a change of perspective, but I was hoping to achieve it in a less painful way.

So in the bleak midwinter, I heard about a viral project permeating social media called the #100happydays project.  My friend Kim started doing it on facebook and it took me all of 10 minutes to realise this was exactly what I needed.

The concept sounded simple enough: find one thing to be happy about, once a day, every day, for 100 consecutive days, and post a picture of it either on facebook, twitter or instagram.  Continue reading

Salford Food & Drink Festival

It’s Salford Food ‘n’ Drink Festival at the moment and in honour of such festivities, plus it being Mr MancDays birthday, I did my bit for the cause last night by attending A Night of Fine Dining at the Lowry Theatre Restaurant.   The setting was stunning with a bright September sun setting over the spangley new developments in Salford Quays. Continue reading