Happiness Happens Month is a whole month dedicated to celebrating what makes you happy. The unofficial holiday is based on the premise that happiness is unlimited, contagious and your positivity can bring a lot of joy in other people’s lives. Even though Happiness Happens Month sounds silly, it does have an essential purpose. The month encourages people to take stock of their lives and try to do and think about things that make them happy.
“Folks are usually as happy as they make their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
What makes you happy?
People say they want to be happy. But then, what do they do? They allow negativity, worry, and unpleasantness to enter their day-to-day experiences. The truth is that people do want to be happy at home, and they want to be satisfied at work, but most of the time we are involved with day-to-day tasks, and it takes courage and effort to feel happy.
With more awareness of mental health, I often feel like it is not okay to say if you are happy. Will we make others feel bad because they are not feeling their best? On social media, at times, I think that some are being over the top and come across as false, so finding that balance can be hard. So many people who create unhappiness get so much attention. When we smile, it is contagious, it can reduce stress and make us more likeable. I am easily wound up and quick to flip, so I often have to try to block out the negative thoughts.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”!” Audrey Hepburn
What makes me happy?
- My boyfriend
- My monthly treat of a massage
- Good food
- A large glass of rose or a spiced rum and coke
- Bottomless brunch with the girls
- Exploring and holidaying
- Researching my family history
- Buying new shoes or a new dress
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
How to celebrate Happiness Happens Month?
Make a list of people who make the world a happier place for you and others – think close to home including family members, co-workers, neighbours, teachers, pets, colleagues, as well as those you have not met social media influencers, actors, singers, business owners and entrepreneurs.
Happiness is a choice. Remembering to be happy does not mean you are problem-free, we all live in the real world, after all. Happiness is the quality of your thoughts. Go searching for pleasure, even in the small places, it does not always have to be significant.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon
Do something for yourself – after all, happiness starts at home. Make someone else happy by doing something nice for them. It can be something as simple as giving up your seat on the bus to someone else or a more elaborate gesture like volunteering your time and money to a charity.
Read creative publications or inspirational quotes. There are so many books and magazines out there, or if you would prefer a YouTube series or an audiobook.
Make a to-do list. It can be things you would like to purchase even if you have to save up for them, but also make it obtainable. Can you give up that shop-bought coffee for a few weeks to afford it? Also, make a list of places you would love to visit near home and further afield as well as any upcoming events you would like to attend. Planning your spare time is a great way to give you things to look forward too.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” Mark Twain
How did Happiness Happens Month begin?
Pamela Gail Johnson is the Founder of The Secret Society of Happy People and is quoted as saying “I started the Secret Society of Happy People in 1998 to provide a missing voice for those who are happy and want to express it without having other people rain on their parade.”
The Secret Society of Happy People started celebrating happiness with Admit You’re Happy Day on 8th August 1999. The members wanted to let the happy feeling linger a little longer, so in 2000 they expanded the celebration to the entire month of August. Eventually, the month was renamed Happiness Happens Month. This year is a milestone celebration for the society, it’s 20th Happiness Happens Month. Twenty years of reminding people to smile when they are happy.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan