Founded in 1998, the Society's mission is to help people recognize and talk about happiness. It encourages the expression of happiness and discourages parade-rainers, people who don’t want to hear happy news.
How does one celebrate Happiness Happens Day? The Society recommends...
celebrating the day by wearing your SILVER shades, donating your SILVER coins-pay someone's toll, bus or subway fare, buy a soda, or take up a donation for your favorite charity, or passing out SILVER kisses. Why SILVER? Because not-so-secretly happy people have a way of finding the SILVER lining in even the darkest clouds.I know that happiness doesn't just happen.; you have to work at it. Abraham Lincoln said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be", so today I tried to find the silver lining in the inconsequential things that happened as I went through the day:
- It was hot today, with a heat index pushing 100°. However, the tomatoes love this time of year. I picked three full-sized and a dozen cherry fruits, and noticed there'll be some more ripe tomorrow.
- Hot weather also keeps the squirrels away from the bird feeder, so there's actually food there for the birds.
- A sinus headache had me sitting on the couch doing nothing in the middle of the day. Instead of being frustrated about it, though, I took the opportunity to close my eyes and listen to the soothing noise of the cicadas outside.
- Twenty minutes of work in the back yard yielded five mosquito bites, but also some nice-looking, weed-free beds.
- We took a walk after dinner, and my clothes were completely soaked by the time we finished. However, it was late enough in the day that I didn't have to worry about sun exposure. And I don't get mosquito bites when I'm walking. And I got to walk through a sprinkler along the way.