Answers To the Questions You Ask Most
About SOHP and Me…
Why is it a secret?
We’re just making a play on words. We spend so much time focusing on what’s wrong that we put happiness in the closet and it becomes a secret.
It’s true that I have an active imagination because I did have that silly daydream about Mardi Gras masks that inspired the Society.
Do you want everyone to be happy all of the time?
Of course not. Being happy all of the time isn’t realistic for anyone. However, we want people to make an effort to recognize and even talk about their happy moments as much as they do their unhappy ones.
How many members do you have?
We have thousands of members from all over the world.
Why did you start the Society?
At this point, I’d say blind optimism. At the time we started the Society happiness wasn’t part of the conversation like it is today. However, even today, a lot of the happiness focus is still on the how to be happy instead of the celebrate it when you are.
Have you always been a happy person?
I’m genetically blessed to see the bright side of life. However, I’m like everyone else, I have my bad moments and days. When this happens I have to make an effort to find my happiness again.
What do you do when you’re unhappy?
It really depends on why I’m unhappy. For example, if I’m sad, it may mean letting myself feel sad. Or if something needs to be changed I try to change it ~ which might mean taking a nap if I’m operating on too few zzz’s. Or if I’m letting a simple annoyance take away my happiness I recognize it’s a moment and move on.
If I’m having a down moment I always try to count the happiness and even use our tracker.