Happiness Happens Month is celebrated annually in August. It is dedicated to celebrating things that make you happy. It’s a known fact that happiness is contagious and sharing your happiness can bring a smile to someone’s face. The month reminds us that happiness can be found in even little things that we might not notice and that spreading the same joy amongst others can help make the world a better place.
History of Happiness Happens Month
It is safe to assume that people want one key thing in life and that is happiness. It can be derived from various sources however everything is done with the intention to be happy. People can seek happiness out of love, work, personal interests, social work, animals, the list is endless. A happy mind in fact allows us to live a longer and more satisfying life. Happiness is all about positive thoughts and joy can be found anywhere only if one looks.
Happiness Happens is an organization that was started by a group called the Secret Society of Happy People founded by Pamela Gail Johnson in August 1998. It was formed to celebrate and embrace happiness in each and every form. Ms. Johnson felt that a lot of people suppressed themselves from talking about their happiness and did not know how to express their feelings. For the same, the group intended to create a positive environment and encouraged the members to share joyful stories of their lives and moments that they cherished the most. Members began to see the positive side of everything and while hearing happy stories, they were able to recognize instances from their own life that gave them happiness.
In 2000, the secret society decided to take their celebration on a global platform and declared August 8 as ‘Happiness Happens Day’ and the whole month as the ‘Happiness Happens’ month. The group has 2 mottos which are “Happiness Happens” and the other is “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade”.
You can join in on this celebration as well and invite some happiness into your life.
Happiness Happens Month timeline
The West Yorkshire police in the UK achieves the Guinness World Record of the largest game of ‘If You're Happy and You Know It’ with 1,128 participants.
Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk is declared the world’s happiest man.
The Guinness World record for the largest human smiley of 8,018 people is achieved in the Philippines.
Finland is ranked as the happiest country in the world for the 4th consecutive year.
Happiness Happens Month FAQs
How many times do people smile on average in a day?
People smile for varying reasons in a day and on average a happy adult smiles around 40-50 times per day.
Is it okay for me to not be happy all the time?
It is normal to not be happy all the time. However, if you are facing something drastic, it is best not to ignore it and talk it out to a close friend or family member.
What makes a person happy?
Some of the things that make people happy are relationships, friendships, spending time with family, pets, a job, hobbies, and helping others.
How To Celebrate Happiness Happens Month
Spend a day at an NGO
Volunteer for your local NGO and offer vital support to the people who are in need. You will be able to connect with your community, learn new skills, and be the reason for someone else’s happiness.
Do something special
Your one tiny compliment to a friend or a family member can really brighten up their day. Try to do something special for your loved ones and surprise them with something that they love.
Spend a day with yourself
Being aware of what you are thankful for can actually help you to be a happier person. Start your day with a dose of gratitude and do all the tiny little things that will make you happy. It can be anything like singing in the shower, visiting your favorite aunt, or maybe just taking a stroll alone on the beach.
5 Facts About Happiness Happens Month
Pets make you happy
When you play with pets, your brains release chemicals such as dopamine that are known for triggering happiness.
When you surround yourself with greenery, you will notice an improvement in your overall life satisfaction.
When you exercise you feel more confident and capable which also helps in coping up with stress and anxiety.
Throw away unhappy thoughts
If you breathe and focus well, you have the ability to throw away unhappy thoughts and learn to see the brighter side of things.
Happiness is not the same for everyone
Different things make different people happy because each person is different owing to diverse life experiences.
Why We Love Happiness Happens Month
The world needs more happy people
We are constantly surrounded by negative news and negative thoughts. However, the best thing is that good always wins over evil. Even if one person decides to share positive thoughts, it can have a snowball effect and help make the world a happier place.
Happy people are healthier
Happy people are more caring about their health and look after themselves. They have better peace of mind, less stress, and a stronger immunity system.
Happiness is contagious
People we know directly and indirectly can influence our state of mind. Happiness is very contagious and if we are surrounded by happy people who have positive thoughts, it will have a significant impact on our lives as well.
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