Happiness Happens Month

Happiness Happnes Month 2013 Happiness Happens Month

 

When you’re around happy people do you feel happier too?

It probably does because happiness is scientifically proven to be contagious.

Prior to that study being released in 2008 the Secret Society of Happy People suspected happiness was contagious, so it declared August 8th, 1999 as the first Happiness Happens Day (originally Admit You’re Happy Day) to get more people talking about happiness.   The day was picked because it’s when we got our first member from Topeka, Kansas, so it’s technically our birthday. That year to make it an official holiday the Society asked all 50 state governors for proclamations recognizing Admit You’re Happy Day and governors from 19 states sent proclamations. Find out if your governor was happy, a stick in the mud, or a parade-rainer. The day was expanded the following year to include the whole month of August so people can celebrate whenever it makes them happy.

Since 1999, we’ve encouraged thousands of people to celebrate happiness and encourage other to do so too so we can make happiness a habit and create a happier world.

How can you celebrate the Happiness Happens Month

  • Sign up to be a Happiness Happens Month Ambassador because you’ll get access to our secret online site that has additional celebration tools and ideas plus a Happiness Happens Guide you can print.
  • Pass out SILVER kisses because not-so-secretly happy people have a way to find the silver lining in the darkest of clouds.
  • Become a member of the Secret Society of Happy People (and yes, we have a FREE option).
  • Read and comment on our 31 new blogs including many by guest bloggers and many with prize drawings.
  • Have conversations about happiness … tell others what made you happy, and ASK them what made others happy too.

  • Get our You Can’t Have Too Much Happy Notepad and leave notes for your friends, family and co-workers telling them why they make you happy.
  • Don’t rain on other peoples parades ~ or your own (if you can’t do it for yourself you can’t do it for others – read my blog: My Parade-Raining Confession).
  • Watch our What is Happiness? video ~ it’ll help you recognize more happy moments to share.
  • Lead a Happiness Happens Month Celebration Activity at work.Vote for the Happiest Employee or Customer, have a Happy Expressions Pot Luck Lunch where everyone tells about their happiest moment at the company (best story wins a prize), or host a Happy Scavenger Hunt. Happiness Happens Month Ambassadors have access to the August section of our new Happy @ Work program.
  • Make a Happy Treasure Chest: A box full of the things that bring smiles to your face. Get a box–make it uniquely happy. The crafty may want to decorate one and the crafty-challenged may choose to buy one. Then fill it with favorite photos; precious cards and letters; momentous and artifacts–movie tickets, playbills, jokes, happy quotes, cartoons, music, candles, videos, and the like.When you’re in need of a Happy Booster then look inside your Happy Treasure Chest and you’ll find plenty of smiles. It’s a great activity to do with others. Have a Happy Treasure Chest Party. You can even make one for someone who needs a happy pick-me-up! (Tip from Teri Sarin).
  • Happy Memories: Put a piece of paper on the wall with each person’s name. Then have either family members or co-workers draw or write down a happy memory that they experienced with that person.
  • Lead a Happiness Happens Month Celebration Activity at work.Vote for the Happiest Employee or Customer, have a Happy Expressions Pot Luck Lunch where everyone tells about their happiest moment at the company (best story wins a prize), or host a Happy Scavenger Hunt. Happiness Happens Month Ambassadors have access to the August section of our new Happy @ Work program.
  • Host a Happiness Happens Celebration: Have a theme party with everyone wearing something from their favorite era (even if they didn’t live in it this lifetime) or pick your favorite era; make up a happy trivia game that includes things the happiest things about your city, county or state; but most important have fun.
  • Share the Happiness:  Write Down or Post your Daily Happy Moment.  If you can’t think of one check the 31 Types of Happiness.
  • When tucking your kids in for bed at night, take turns listing the happy moments you experienced that day (Tip from Cindy Fitzhugh, MA).
  • Have a Happy Expression Art Show.  Each person (friend or family member) through some form of art: drawings, painting, songs, writing, and on and on can express what makes them happy.  End with having a show and tell party.  (Tip from Kimla Cotropia, Ph.D).

Check out how our members celebrate:

Visit Holiday Lanes in Bossier City ~ August 10 event

 

 

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