The “Happy Thoughts” Experiment – Can we control it? + Vulpine Familiar Giveaway

During the upcoming Holiday, I would love for all of us to participate in this. I realize it will be tough for some, but take of this what you are able to, and see where it leaves us in January. 🙂

It´s no secret, that Battle for Azeroth is not in the best state (yet…But we are getting there.)

That all might be different in a year, but right now, there appear to be a lot of negativity circling around it.

It could be the expansion, it could be us, it could be the gaming industry as a whole, it could be the people, we surround ourselves with.

No matter what, social media and the constant ‘need’ to stay in touch and debate/argue is larger, than it was just a year ago, two years ago, fourteen years ago, when World of Warcraft launched.

I´d like to explore more, what this means.

 

“In particular, I´d like to explore, how the negativity  on social medias today; how checking wowhead daily, reading through all the comments, how doing the same on WoW forums, how watching YouTubers, Tweets – how all of this might add to the negativity, and – essentially – tip you over the edge and pull you down, when all you want is to stay above.”

 

Negative posts/videos/articles generate a lot more traffic than positive. I witness that first hand on my site and others too.

We appear to feed on the drama, some relish in the downfall of others. Whether we are part of the solution or not, I have nothing to lose in trying this experiment, so here goes. 🙂

What better time to do this than during the Holiday. Who wouldn´t want to feel better about their favorite game.


 

The Experiment will last for two weeks and start this Friday, December 21.

It ends Friday, January 4.

 

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Once the experiment is over, a random winner will be picked. The price I have decided on is the new mount from the Blizzard Store, the Vulpine Familiar.

This mount has, if anything, caused a riot amongst players, and words like corporate greed, microtransactions is ruining everything, and so on are entangled into a lot of posts recently. The timing could have been better.

I could share the same similar view with ease, but I want to put a stop to that.
Instead I want to view this as a way to simply keeping the motor running, and keeping WoW alive. We cannot avoid it anyway. It´s how the gaming industry is today.

 

“At least World of Warcraft only has cosmetic items in their Store.”

 

And the mount is so gorgeous – at least I think so. Never have I wanted a mount more. (Just for the record, I will not be able to win it myself, hah, don´t worry 😉 )
So the meaning of this Giveaway is to congratulate the winner on being able to put a positive spin on their gaming, their view on things, and their ability to share the joy of their passion with their fellow bloggers.

If you have the mount already, you are more than welcome to pick another reward from the Blizzard Store, if you are the lucky one.

Do note, that the winner would have to share their BattleNet info with me, and be on my friendlist for three days, before they are able to recieve the mount. I was just in contact with Blizzard today, and they have introduced this change not long ago.

They did also confirm, that I am able to gift this to someone from the US as well, so everyone is welcome! 🙂


 

Guidelines (Not rules)

 

1. You need to have a blog.

Screenshots or quick words on Twitter, Instagram, etc. sadly do not qualify this time around.

We need you guys to return to your blogs, we miss you!

 

2. You have to do your best to avoid reading comments on various WoW sites.

Wowhead, or the Wow forum, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Blogs, you name it. No comments, no reading or participating in the negative, unconstructive debates. I realize, that for most, staying off social media is close to impossible, and if that is the case, just try to be more aware, of what catches your attention.

Steer in the other direction! Don´t let it drag you down. Don´t click that bait, don´t watch that video you know, will be nothing but a rant. Don´t get upset about things in the game, that cause trouble for others, but cause no trouble at all for you.

We all want to feel joy about World of Warcraft. And the one thing we can change, is how we perceive things ourselves, especially if we surround ourselves with like-minded people.

 

3.  You can only read/watch positive or neutral posts/videos about World of Warcraft during the duration of the experiment.

Bookmark all the negativity for later – or not at all.

 

4. Each day of the experiment, you have to (try to) make a blog post, sharing one positive thing from your gaming session in World of Warcraft of the day. And be sincere and genuine.

Granted, this is the Holiday season, and some of us (myself included) might not be able to play each day, but then, just do your best. These are guidelines, not rules.

All it has to be is a simple screenshot, a word, a tune from the game, not much. Something joyful to share with your fellow bloggers.

*This is the only real rule; a number of at least SEVEN positive posts has to be made in order to enter the Giveaway of the Vulpine Familiar*

 

5. Each day of the experiment, you have to do your best in order to leave positive comments about the game on your fellow bloggers blog.

Nothing forced of course. Genuine. Assemble all your energy and positive thinking, as best as you can! Share something positive you might have experienced similar, to what they just shared. Or simply show appreciation.

 

6. Whenever you log into World of Warcraft during these two weeks, try hard to evaluate, how you spend your time.

Do you do things out of habbit without enjoying it? Then stop!

Do something completely different. It would be great, if it was something from Battle for Azeroth, so we can highlight all the good things about this expansion, but if you struggle, any content will do, of course.

 

7. Link back to this post in each of the posts you make during the two weeks.

I will be sure to include them all in the recap post, after the experiment is over. And I need to keep count, if you want to have a chance at the Vulpine Familiar 😉

 

8. Once the experiment is over, please come back and tell me, if this has had any kind of impact on your gameplay; the joy you got out of the game, and how you felt and thought.

Were you able to stay away from the negativity? Did it change your blogging/reading/gaming style? I will put up a post in the end, where we can collect all our thoughts.

 

9. Respond to this post, if you are interested in participating, and I shall spotlight.

Any other handy things to include in these guidelines? Just say so 🙂

 


 

Tip: If you find it difficult, try to imagine, that Blizzard would announce a complete shutdown of World of Warcraft and all servers in the beginning of 2019. Think about what you would miss.

Tip2: Think ahead on how you would like to spend these two weeks; if you are the type of person, that would benefit from a list, then go for that – a list of joy 🙂


 

“I´m not naive; I understand, that some of the deeper issues of BfA cannot be solved with this. But perhaps it´s possible to look at it a lot brighter, when those around you are doing the same. We are in control, of how we think.”

 

If I end up being all alone in this experiment, then that is okay too, but anyone willing to participate, I will be grateful for.

The more the merrier – it is a much bigger challenge to hand out joy on your own, than it is sharing it together. Let´s make it easy for each other.

You do not have to follow the guidelines religiously, except the one about the minimum post requirements; besides that, just pick from this whatever fits you best. Your happy thoughts are the most important 🙂

I obviously cannot check how well you do on this, it´s up to you. I have faith you can manage!


 

Happy Holidays everyone ♥

65 thoughts on “The “Happy Thoughts” Experiment – Can we control it? + Vulpine Familiar Giveaway

  1. This is a fabulous idea!!!
    While I already try to avoid all kind of negativity, because I know how easily it drags me down, it’s not always so easy.
    I will try to participate as much as I can 🙂

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    1. I´m so glad you like it, Leto 🙂 I sure look forward to see you participate! I hope it can re-ignite the spark our long lost-bloggers have had a hard time finding lately.

      Happy blogging and thank you 🙂

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  2. Wait what? I would have to be your friend for 3 days? That is ridiculous.

    I’d want to be on your friends list for at least a week. 😃

    I will certainly be sharing this challenge for you, and I hope to see everyone trying to be positive.

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  3. I think this is an absolutely fabulous idea!!! I think in general, we have grown accustomed to pointing out what is wrong-as opposed to seeing what is good, in many things in life. I see it all the time on many social media sites, someone posts something and the comments start-once the negativity sets in, it just spirals out of control sometimes. If we focus on the negative, the negative increases, if we focus on the positive, the positive increases. It is sad in a way that we need to be reminded as a “people/community” to look for the good as opposed to the bad, but we do. I try, not always successful, but I do try to focus on the good-so as far as this expansion, in truth all expansions have their good and bad-not everything appeals to all people, and that is a good thing really. For me however, and here I speak only for myself, I love this expansion as I have loved them all. I do the things that I enjoy, after all that is why I play this amazing game, because I love it and I enjoy it!! It is a game, a game I can play with my family, my hubby, my son and daughter-in-law-friends I have met along the way, some in real life, some in game, but it has given me so much enjoyment, so much entertainment, so much family time (son and daughter-in-law don’t live here so don’t always see them but we set time together at least once a week to go on chat and play the game together). I love BFA as much as I have loved other expansions because of what this game means to me. When I need to do something different, well I play on an alt (I have many) or I play on the opposing faction because I want to learn their story lines. As for the store bought mounts-well other than this new one only because I haven’t yet bought it for myself, I have absolutely no issue with Blizzard doing store bought mounts. There are plenty of mounts in the game if you don’t want to spend the money-go for the other ones. You don;t have to buy it if you don’t want to. At some point I will own this beauty because I will buy it. I love it, and I will gladly pay the money for it. Alunaria, I love this idea-I am not a blogger, so I won’t qualify for your giveaway-but I think you are amazing, and I love what you are doing!!!!!!! Well done, my lovely, well done!!!! ❤ ❤ <3-Tanya @sexytand

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    1. Hey Tanya, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such an in depth comment, and for your encouraging words 🙂

      You are very right about that. Even more so, it seems as if negativity gets a life on it´s own, where positivity struggles, unless there are plenty, that carry it together.

      That really sounds wonderful, being able to game together with your family that way. It´s great with a game like WoW, making you able to connect with your loved ones, despite them being far away 🙂

      Aww, shoot, I would have loved to see you participate! I´ll be sure to check up on you from time to time on Twitter from now on, despite only being logged on a few times a month. (I´m odd like that!)

      If you want, you are more than welcome to submit your screenshots, and I will add them in the final post; it sounds as if you have plenty of adventures to tell 🙂

      Can I lure your over to our blogging community, I wonder… 😉 We sure could use someone like you! ♥ WordPress makes it so easy to dive into blogging… 😉

      Thank you again for your support and sweet words. Happy gaming, Tanya – and family 🙂

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      1. You´re a shoe-in. New expression learned!

        The more the merrier – it is just my hope it improves the gameplay of all of us / helps us get more joy out of it 🙂

        The challenge for me is especially the steering away from negative comments, posts and videos!

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  4. I haven’t even played current WoW since MoP, but I often see you leaving nice comments on other blogs I read so I just wanted to give you a thumbs up anyway! Definitely agree that we’re very much affected by the kind of sentiments that surround us.
    I’ve noticed it myself with YouTube in particular. I’ll confess that I absolutely do enjoy a good rant video, especially when it’s about something that I don’t care all that much about myself. But what happens after a while is that the algorithm recommends me more and more of these types of videos, until one day I have nothing watchable left in my recommendations because it’s all incoherent ranting or outright hate spewing, and I really don’t feel like watching any of it. To “correct” things I then have to mark a bunch of those videos as “not interested” and make a point of actively seeking out other videos that are unrelated/positive to get things back on track. Hopefully this will help you increase the positive voices in your environment!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate that.

      I do like blogging a lot and try my best to encourage others, so I am glad it shows 🙂

      You are spot on with that, that is exactly what I have experienced too. I have found myself on YouTube many times after this expansion launched with so many of these rant videos. Granted, some of them have it right, but when you start to notice how they almost make their, is the English word thumbnail, catchy, with a lot more negative titles, it really becomes obvious, what they are trying to do. And it works, it generates so many views.

      Thank you so much, I curious to see how, this will go! For others, and myself included. There is a balance between being positive and then over the top, but hey, rather that end of the spectrum (right word?) than the other rant-y end, right 🙂

      Thank you again!

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  5. Can I be on your friendslist without formally throwing my hat in the ring for this?
    I already steer away from articles where the headline and teaser snippet indicate a negative tone, and I hardly ever read the comments even on stuff I do read. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to manage seven posts in two weeks, though, given how the past few months have gone. Who knows, maybe with the semester over I’ll rebound a bit during the break before the next one begins.

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    1. Aw definitly! I’m just not sure if we will be able to “see” each other, when I’m logged on to the European client. We can test 🙂 I’ll send you a mail.

      Whatever the amount of posts you make, I would love to read them all 🙂 Positivity shaped and all ❤

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    1. Thank you so much 🙂 Lovely to see you! It’s been so long.

      I’m so sorry to hear that life is the reason for your unhappiness though. Sending you so many get well thoughts, wishing that 2019 will bring a lot of good things for you.

      I hope you find ways to enjoy gaming. But you are right, I have experienced similar, if you feel like you are drowning in real life, that emotion can “spill over” into so many other aspects.

      All the best I wish you /hugs.

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  6. I love this experiement. It’s a good idea cause we’re surrounded with so much negativity all the time while on the internet and in games. I’m sorry, but I don’t think I’ll be able to participate. I have been so busy at school in Nov-Dec and let my game time run out, and sadly I’m not really feeling like getting back to WoW at this time. I play a lot of Overwatch and have just started painting again. But I’m not gone forever and might write about other topics until I feel like playing WoW again, so I hope you’ll still follow me 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Syrco 🙂 I hope you jump into WoW soon again. And of course, I shall be on your site, lurking, liking and commenting, as always! 😉

      What are you painting? Good luck with school 🙂

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      1. Thank you 🙂 I’ve rediscovered watercolors and painted the Christmas gifts and cards this year. Nothing too realistic cause I’m not very good, but it’s fun. I tried to paint a dog for my friend, it was hard, but it kinda looks like her dog, so I think she will like it. Painted Moomin for another friend 🙂

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