The “Happy Thoughts” Experiment – Final thoughts and Giveaway -Winner announcement

What a journey we´ve had with this “Happy Thoughts” Experiment

But…I know, that no one is going to read my words here – You´re all simply going to scroll down to see, who won the Vulpine Familiar, isn´t that so? :p

So I guess I´ll start with that 🙂


I chose to use the tool Random Name Picker. I didn´t even know such a thing existed, how fun!

Out of all those who participated, I counted a total of four bloggers, that qualifies for the Vulpine Familiar Giveaway with a minimum of 7 posts during the two weeks – the only criteria that had to be met (Correct me, if I am wrong, please, then it is not my intention!)

 

Wrath, Leto, Eppu and Erik.

 

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I so wish I could have done a stream or some kind of live event with this, but I am low techy techy, I apologize.

But, let´s spin the wheel, shall we!

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…Isn´t it exciting!

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…And the winner is…

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Get in touch with me and send me an e-mail at alunariasmail@gmail.com to begin the adoption!


…One would think, that that was it…Right?

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Not at all. I am feeling generous, and because of that…

 

For everyone else who participated, who didn´t win the mount…No matter if you made your seven posts or not…For everyone who tried…

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…For Kam at Kamalia et alia

…For Marathal at Deez Wurds

…For Wrath at Coffee Cakes and Crits

…For Eppu at Co-Geeking

…For Erik at Co-Geeking

…And to Grimgrog for his always encouraging comments and faithful readership…

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I chose Cap´n Crackers, because everyone will be able to remember, which expansion he came from, and when we did this experiment. And I heard he will actually sit on your shoulder, if you /whistle at him. Pretty neat 🙂

I hope he will bring you joy. And if you ever find yourself feeling dragged down by the unconstructive negativity, just bring him out, and he will remind you, how powerful a positive mindset can be!


 

I hope none of you have him. If so, and if you are feeling generous yourself, you are more than welcome to pay him forward, of course. But I really hope none of you have him.

Get in touch with me at alunariasmail@gmail.com and inform me, if you wish to recieve a US or European code, and which e-mail I can use.

I discovered, you do not need to hand out your BattleNet info to me, if you feel uncomfortable with that; an e-mail will do just fine and the adoption is instant 🙂

Please let me know if you have any issues with it! It took me 4 conversations with Game Masters to get this to work, hah.

So I´d appreciate a headsup, also when it works, so I know it arrived safely.

The deadline for the adoption is one week from today, Wednesday, January 16th.



 

Final Thoughts

 

Here ends the “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment.

I am happy to say, that it had an impact of me, more than I thought it would, and I feel much more positive about the game now. Unfollowing a few YouTubers, staying away from all unconstructive negative comments and posts, carefully selecting how I spend my time, making small positive blog posts, read all of yours…It all contributed to a much greater positive mindset.

So thank you and enjoy your new companion, big or small!

Happy New Year and happy positive mindset 🙂

 


 

Look at Leto on this beautiful mount…

Absolutely gorgeous 🙂

 

And Grimgrog with Crackers

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Wrath with Crackers

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Keep ´em coming – That sitting on the shoulder feature is beyond cool, hah 🙂

The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – The last day

We made it! Well, I did at least 😉 Did you?

14 days of my best behaviour, and my strongest attempt to stay clear of any negativity.

I made sure not to make negative comments and posts, I didn´t engage in debates shouting into the wind, and I did my best to be encouraging on all the blogs, that I followed.

 

Has the Experiment been successful?

I would say, that for me at least, it certainly has. Granted, I also picked the best time to do this, since it´s been the Holiday season and I haven´t had much time to play/read, but still, I feel a change in the way I think about World of Warcraft.

I also feel less drained, particularly because I didn´t engage in flame wars, debates or any of the likes at all. Especially not reading comments on sites like Wowhead, official forums etc. has meant a huge deal, since it´s so negative most of the time.

Youtubers who prowl around, hoping to be the fastest one to make the best click-baity thumbnail are around every corner today too, so not roaming around there played a role too, I believe

I want to continue doing this in the future.

When I make positive “light” posts myself, I also finds that it helps, so perhaps that is something I want to keep up as well.

But a balance is healthy too, so I shall try to find that. I do also like to participate and read posts, that are of constructive criticism.

I do need to keep in mind though, that I have changed too compared to just two years ago when Legion was new; I discovered, that I have far less time, than I originally thought, and most evenings, it´s only about half an hour of playtime now. I am sure that has an impact too, on the satisifaction I get out of the game; it´s just too little, and if I am not careful, I feel as if I never get anything done.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the experiment 🙂
I would have loved to see more bloggers participate; it saddens me, how many we have lost in Battle for Azeroth, but I hope to see a return of them again someday.

Enough about me though!


How about you?

 

Did you make it through?

What proved to be the most difficult?

Did you manage your minimum of seven posts?

Do you feel any different now?


If so, please be sure to leave your comments and thoughts in this post, so you have a chance, when I Giveaway a Familiar Vulpine mount 🙂

You have until Tuesday next week to do so. A winner shall be announced on Wednesday 🙂


If you tried, but didn´t make it, I welcome and encourage you to also leave your thoughts!


 

Happy weekend everyone. 🙂

The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – Day 13

…Also known as the almost last day of this experiment 🙂

 

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So if you haven´t already and are getting close; be sure to get your minimum of seven positive posts out by tomorrow in order to be able to participate and be the lucky winner of the Vulpine Familiar gorgeous mount!

 

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For me, my thanks go to the catch up-mecanics in place in World of Warcraft today. A hot topic for many, and one could easily argue on the other side, that these mecanics are doing the game no good, but for me, just me, I really like them.

Someone who is as casual as I am with very limited time to play; I feel as if I reach some kind of “checkmark”, whenever I get the best gear obtainable from World Quests/ LFD. I feel okay at my level, and I know, that eventually the item level will increase and I can once again get upgrades this way.

I particularly enjoy the parts in between, where I have a pretty-okay-decent item level, before the next PvP Season comes out, where all stats on monsters etc. will be upgraded too (right?)

Feeling a little closer to matching my opponent in the open world makes me feel good! OPness is welcome!

 

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I call this picture…

“Curious eagle is curious”

 


 

Enjoy your evening everyone, and I sure look forward to hear how the experiment has worked out for you 🙂

The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – Day 11

On this, the 11th day of my experiment, I want to show appreciation for things in World of Warcraft, that remains the same.

When I first saw a datamined updated model of stags/reindeers, I was beginning to fear, that my favorite reindeer would have its model updated.

Granted, it might happen eventually, but until then, I am grateful to have Metzen look the exact same as he did the first time I helped rescue him in, was it Burning Steppes, back then?

So for all the things that still look the same, and bring back so many memories; for the soundtracks that have gone untouched to the few selected zones that, even if updated, has kept some of their original charm, thank you 🙂

It´s rare one is able to go back to the past in this way, and re-ignite the memories, but with World of Warcraft, and even more so, the upcoming Classic servers, we are able to re-visit, if just a fraction of everything we experienced so many years ago. And that is so precious to me.

 

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Happy New Year, everyone 🙂

The “Happy Thoughts” Experiment – Day 9 (+ Off Topic: The loss of Toy Stores)

Let´s see, let´s see- I think I am doing fairly well myself with this experiment.

I find myself thinking more positive and I even enjoy blogging more too. Let´s see how I´ll feel, once this ends.
But today I shall share thanks for the Night Elven spotlight in Battle for Azeroth. The other side of me watched it differently up until now, but I want to try and be grateful of all the Night Elven themed things now. Such as the transmog from the Darkshore Warfront. I do cherish that.

I am confused though, how to obtain the other “tints” of it than the standard version, do you know?

Anyway 🙂 I just got a few pieces so far, but I had to create a transmog fitting for what I have obtained so far.

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Oh, and Eppu asked for my Reindeer transmog, so here that is too 🙂

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And then, allow me to go Off Topic for just a bit.

It´s something I rarely do. But I need an outlet for this, and so, here we go. You can just skip this part, if you rather stick to WoW related topics 🙂

But if not, I would love to read a tale from your childhood.

 


 

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Toys ‘R’ Us and Fætter BR – the Toy Stores of Denmark closing their doors

 

Just yesterday, the news could inform us, that the toy stores of our country will no longer be around. From tomorrow.

In late November, it was announced, that they went under reconstruction and had six months to turn things around, but because of a dissapointing Christmas sale, the decision has been made to close it all together already. (Everyone who needs to exchange gifts must do so right away, and gift certificates etc. are now worthless.)

I am so very sad about this. More than I thought I would be. Sure, we do have a few toy stores here and there, which are all gems on their own, but there was nothing like a trip to Toys R Us with and for our son.

 

Breaking the news to our five year old boy left him in tears.

 

Then I followed.

These stores, in our city, have been more than just stores. It has been the chosen destination for him, since he could walk.

We have been blessed with a child, who never ever “begs” for things, when we are out, so I have had the luxury to enjoy these trips, just as much as he did, and it has given me an opportunity to see things through his eyes;

 

The magic he has felt, when gazing upon all the toys, he wanted to put on his wishing list.

The fun he had when trying out the trampoline and other activities inside.

The giggles we have shared, when we journeyed through the Halloween decorations/spooky playhouses that were set up in the stores.

The anticipation he had on the trips, where he had managed to save up just enough to buy that one sweet toy, he had wanted for ages.

 

Today, we payed it one last visit. He was allowed to spend all his savings for whatever toy he wanted, as a memory. He chose a very cool lightsaber.

I get it, this is just the internet claiming its next victim. And announcing the reconstruction right before Christmas surely did not help build trust amongst the customers either.

I made an effort and purchased all the toys we needed from the stores instead of online. But I understand, I belong to a minority.

Parents hand out tablets/electonic devices to their children so early now as well, that the interest for toys takes a backseat, unless we as parents guide them in the other direction.

I can still recall a memory from my childhood, where my dad gave me a gift, a board game, called Ghost Castle, and it was such a big thing for me, because I rarely got to go to the store and even more rarely did I get something. This was an early Christmas gift.

I used to work in Toys R Us as well, in two cities, one where I was just part time and another where I worked full time and had responsibility for my own “sections”.

Now, as a mother, I visited several times a month with our son.

The brand “Fætter BR” is Danish, and these stores have been around since 1950. Toys R Us arrived later, and where I know the end of these stores happened earlier in the US, we all remained hopeful in Denmark, that it wouldn´t happen here, since the way they were being run was different. (Sorry language barrier, it´s hard for me to explain in details and techy techy.)

I cannot imagine a world without these stores. A chapter ends tomorrow in the saddest way possible.


 

So to all the people that made the adventures and the magic we and our son has had through the last years possible;

I say thank you.

 

Thank you for always serving us with a smile, even when we bought nothing.

Thank you for the extra mile you went with all the decorations during holidays such as Halloween and Christmas.

Thank you for all the memories you allowed us to make within the magic of your stores.

 

All the best wishes and hopes for those, around 3000 people, who have suddenly lost their job.

I hope for better times ahead for the concept of toy stores, and that we in the future will see some kind of rebuild. It can never be as it once was, but I am sure we can settle for just a fraction of it.

There was nothing like a visit to Toys R Us and Fætter BR.

Thank you.

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Do you have any fond memories of visiting the toy store in your town, from when you were a child? You are so welcome to share them here.

The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – Day 8

Today, I give thanks for…Flynn Fairwind.

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Hah, I know. But I think this character in Battle for Azeroth is so well written, so charming and with so much humor, that he deserves a spot here during the experiment.

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The quests he is involved in always turn out to be really entertaining and it makes me chuckle, when I imagine those who were responsible for writing the story.

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I like a lot of the new characters this expansion, their voice overs and lots of different personalities, really.


 

Do you have a favorite character from Battle for Azeroth? 🙂

The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – Day 7

Today I want to appreciate the Companion App. Sure it came from Legion, but it made its return in Battle for Azeroth, and as someone with very little in game time, it helps me out so very much.

I reached Revered with all factions not long ago, except the Tortollans.

 

“And I have not even done a total of 100 World Quests in Battle for Azeroth.”

 

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It´s just great, and I like the version of the Mission Table this expansion, where it´s not absolutely needed in order to progress through quest lines.

It´s the Mission Table in Legion + listening to feedback, executed in the right way.

I also like how I have Shandris as a follower 🙂

And I have found, that if I just do the Warfront Quests in Arathi once pr…4 week, is it? I can almost keep up with the War Ressources I use on the App. Minimum effort, Maximum results, time efficiency benefits.

 

Do the Darkshore Warfront Scenario not offer the same, by the way, I wonder?

 

How do you guys “gear up” your followers? Any specific way to get those…Things…That increase the chance for success?

 

I do wish to reach 200% success chance, but it´s not always the case.
That was all I had today 🙂 I hope you all have gotten through Christmas, just as you wished ♥

The “Happy Thoughts” – Experiment – Day 6

This day, I want to highlight the fine music of World of Warcraft, more specifically, the music of Winter Veil.

 

I have this running during December every year, since the very first day I discovered it. It already puts me in a Christmas-y nostalgic kind of mood. Especially around 13:00 in the video; what a wonderful tune.

And if that is not enough, one can always visit the Dwarves above Ironforge having a great time with their sleighs.

Do you remember? 🙂

 

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I cherish all these small details in World of Warcraft so much. It´s time to remember it´s these small things that count.

 

I hope you are enjoying the Holidays, where ever you are 🙂

 

Oh, and Bryssa is back! I am grateful for that too 😀

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Enjoy your evening, all of you 🙂

The “Happy Thoughts” Experiment – Day 3

Today, I´d like to take a moment to appreciate something more class-personal in Battle for Azeroth.

That is my ability to be able to both be an Orca, as well as a Cheetah or a Doe at the same time.

The Glyphs that changd our Travel form used to be exclusive with each other. You could not moderate it into more, it was either a version of On-Land-Travelform or In-Water-Travelform etc.

We Druids have been wanting this for so many years, and in Battle for Azeroth our wish finally came true. 🙂

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Do you have any class specific stuff you appreciate in Battle for Azeroth? 🙂

 

Happy little-Christmas-Eve everyone (as we call it here!)

 


 

Posts today are… (updating)

Kamalia

Leto

 

 

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 ♥