Happiness Happens Day
When the Society started in 1998 the emphasis on how to get happy was more about understanding what was wrong than recognizing what was right.
There’s weren’t any days dedicated to happiness so one of our members suggested we sponsor the first one. When you’re trying to pick the date for an ongoing holiday you want it to have symbolism.
We picked August 8th to be Happiness Happens Day because it’s our birth day. We got our first member that I didn’t know from Lawrence, Kansas on August 8, 1997. The holiday was originally called Admit You’re Happy Day and was later changed to Happiness Happens.
For our first celebration in 1998 we asked the governors in all 50 states for proclamations. Find out how your governor responded.
In 2000, we expanded the celebration to be the month of August so you can celebrate whatever day makes you happy.
And if you missed Happiness Happens Day, no worries, you can celebrate anytime in August because it is Happiness Happens Month … or after August because Happiness Happens every day of the year.