Be The Reason Someone Smiles
Selecting the theme for Happiness Happens Month is always a mixture of fun and stress. I always want to pick a theme that will make everyone smile equally. However, as I say in the Practical Happiness Principles, Happiness is Personal — therefore, there’s not a theme that will make everyone ecstatic, so we try for a collective happy or at least a whole bunch of grins.
This year, the theme we picked has me smiling: Be the Reason Someone Smiles. We all need to smile more – especially adults, who only smile 20 times a day in comparison to children, who smile 400 times a day.
If you like stats about why you want to smile more, then we have a few right here. Please share them with your friends, coworkers and on your social media pages. If you do, you may just be the reason someone smiles. 🙂
How Can You Celebrate Happiness Happens Month This Year?
Smile at someone. Scientifically speaking, we instinctually smile back when someone smiles at us.
Since adults only smile 20 times a day (although I suspect Secret Society of Happy People members smile a little more) pick a day, then set a goal to smile at a certain number of people that day. Let us know if they smile back.
Consider taking some selfies and post them with #HHM2018.
Participate in our daily Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today activities. We’ll post them daily on the following social media channels:
Here’s the monthly calendar of activities
but if an activity doesn’t make you smile,
we have some Bonus Smile Makers for you 🙂
Share our Pass-It-On Cards with friends, co-workers, or even strangers. You can share them in August or anytime.
According to happiness expert Shawn Achor, smiling also helps us retrain our brains to think more positive thoughts.
Since adults only smile 20 times a day, it’s important to increase our smile awareness. Pay attention to how often we smile and make a conscious effort to do it more.
Smiling is also the universal language to express happiness. However, in full disclosure, not all smiles mean happiness. Sometimes we smile when we’re embarrassed, uncomfortable or even lying. So, evaluate other people’s smiles on a case-by-case basis.
Should you fake a smile if you’re not feeling it? Yes, even those smiles can improve your mood. Of course, if intentional smiling doesn’t make you feel better, then you may be dealing with depression and should contact your doctor.
Smiles can’t get rid of some of the challenges people deal with. However, since smiling improves creativity, smiles may help people find some solutions to those challenges.
This month, let’s see if we can increase the number of people smiling by Being the Reason Someone Smiles Today.
Our first smile-maker on August 1 is Call a Friend to Chat about a Happy Memory.
Why are we kicking Happiness Happens Month off with this smile-maker activity?
Our relationships with others are a key to lifelong happiness – especially those people who we share smiles. Nostalgic happiness is one of our 31 Types of Happiness. Think of every happy moment you experience as a future moment of happy nostalgia that will make you smile when you think and talk about it again.
Thinking of our Secret Society of Happy People members and the past twenty years makes me smile every day, so thank you as we celebrate this very special anniversary.
And, if you’d like to wear your “Be The Reason Someone Smiles” reminder, we have curated a very special collection of “Be The Reason Someone Smiles” tees. They are available in a huge variety of styles, colors, and sizes at our HappinessUnites Gear Shop!
We are giving you 20% off your entire order through the end of August!
Please use coupon code: HAPPYANNIVERSARY
Or click HERE to have the discount applied automatically when you check out!
And, THIS is sure to make you SMILE 🙂
If your total order is more than $75 we will also give you FREE SHIPPING on your entire order.
Just add coupon code FREESHIPPING to your coupon check out options!
These tee-shirts are great for personal wear and gift giving!
We’ve made it really easy for you to Be the Reason Someone Smiles!
Want A Fun Way To Keep Count Of Your Happy Moments?
Then you MUST get our new SOHP APP!!!
It’s got the Happiness Counter built in. It’s available for free at your favorite APP Store (iOS and Android), just search for SOHP!