Happiness Happens Month 2019
When the Society started the first “happiness” holiday, Admit You’re Happy Day, now known as Happiness Happens Day, on August 8, 1999, it surprised me when our members wanted more days to officially celebrate happiness.
It seems some people couldn’t celebrate on August 8 and weren’t happy about it. So, the following year the celebration was expanded to a full month so you can celebrate Happiness Happens any day that makes you happy—after all, Happiness Is Personal.
This is a big celebration for the Society—it’s the 20th Happiness Happens Month. Now, I officially feel wise (my code word for old), but it’s been twenty years of smiles that are contagious, reduce stress and make us more likeable — so it’s a happy wisdom.
Since the Society is recognizing twenty years of celebrating being happy when you’re happy, and because so many people who create unhappiness get so much attention, the Society wants to honor the people who make happiness happen—we call them “Smile Starters.” Why? Since happiness is contagious our smiles have to start with someone. So, if you think about it, one person’s smile has the potential to start a smile chain 🙂
We LOVE making happiness feel a little fancy so the Society will also be announcing at least 31 Smile Starter Award Winners
We want to honor even more people who make you and the world happier — so we want you to recognize your personal Smile Starters with a Smile Starter Award … and if you know more than one, that’s even happier
Who Are Smile Starters?
They are the people who make you and the world a happier place — they make the world shine. Think about the people who are kind, make others laugh, or whose smile is contagious.
- Significant Other
- Other Family Members
- Police and Fire People
- School Crossing Guards
- Grocery Store Clerk
- Radio Host
- News Person
- Delivery People
- Anyone who makes you feel good about yourself
Between now and August 31 we’d like to recognize as many Smile Starters as possible.
We’re starting out with a realistic recognition goal: 310 Smile Starters — that’s just 10 each day for the month of August but we’re getting a head start by starting now.
However, I believe that there are more than 310 Smile Starters that deserve a Smile Starter Award, but we need your help to recognize them.
We can’t have too many Smile Starters… we need more smiles… so please help us exceed our goal.
And, to make you smile even more, ALL Smile Maker Award Winners will have the option to get the Smile Maker Fun Membership
How Do You Recognize A Smile Starter?
You can print, message, email, text or share on social media the Smile Starter Award with a certificate and other graphics that we’ll email you when you add your info to the form below.
As soon as you confirm your email address with us, we’ll be in contact with you!
In addition to giving your Smile Starter Awardee a certificate and other graphics, consider starting a few more smiles by taking a selfie or video of your Smile Starter Awardee and sharing a story on social media about why this person, pet or place is a Smile Starter.
Use the following hashtags so we can recognize your Smile Starter too: #SmileStarter #SmileStartersShine #HappinessHappens #HHM2019 #SmileStarterAward
- Smile Starters Recognized (31)
- Smile Starter Goal (310)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I give more than one Smile Starter Award?
Of course, please do. The world needs more Smile Starters. Maybe consider setting a Smile Starter Award recognition goal.
Can I give Smile Starter Awards before August?
Absolutely — wouldn’t it be great if 2019 becomes the summer of Smile Starter Awards?
How will we keep count of the Smile Starter Awardees?
We’ll be on the honor system. We’ll ask for your Smile Starter Award recognition goal when you sign-up to get your Smile Starter Award graphics. However, if you present more Smile Starter Awards let us know We’ll be adding them to our tracker (see above). I mean how many Smile Starters could there be? Surprise me
What if I want to give my Smile Starter Awardee something other than a certificate?
You can — once you get the Smile Maker graphics, including the certificate, you’ll also be given a link to give your Smile Starter our customized wristband and frameable certificate that’s part of our Smile Starter gift memberships!