Day 2, 2017: Happy Place

 

Remember Pharrell’s smash hit “Happy?” Did you find yourself unconsciously humming it today? Well, you would’ve been justified because today, August 8th, is National Happiness Happens Day.

Say what?

Fascinated by the concept that there was a day devoted to making happy happen across the world, (ok maybe just the US, but still) I did a little research.

And I was glad to do it. (see what I did there?)

Turns out the Secret Society of Happy People (SOHP), founded in 1998 is responsible for this optimistic turn of events. The founder of SOHP woke up one day and wondered where all the happy people were. I don’t think she looked very hard. I mean, there are lots of happy people hanging around in bars. Oh and weddings—lots of elation there.

Apparently, people are completely paranoid about being happy. There is widespread fear that others will not embrace good news or generally upbeat behavior and will, instead, try to stomp all over your happy dance.

Is there happy shaming that I am totally oblivious to? Why, yes there is. A recent article on Huffington Post gave readers concrete steps to stop being resentful of other’s good fortune.

It’s a crazy world, people, when happiness is under attack. Just think, we would not have the fascinating world of Emojis without the smiley face kicking it all off, amiright?

Further reading informed me that there are 31 kinds of happiness– kind of like Baskin Robbins. They range from Contentment to Spirituality to Peaceful with every positive emotion in between. The premise of this group is to bring happy people together and let them embrace and support one another’s bliss.

After reading a few of the founder’s blogs, I have to admit they are inspirational. My personal favorite, “Is it too Hot to be Happy?” is pretty up front about the fact that sweating to death in the summer sucks. BUT it rounds out the prose with several things to be grateful for despite the heat. There was no post about how to find joy with three bickering, bored teenagers who wrestle for control of the remote all summer but I’m sure she will get right on that.

This happiness gig is a balance, I think. If someone is happy all the time, they probably need a drug screening. The key is to be more happy than not.

It’s cool if you didn’t get your happy on today; the entire month of August is Happiness Happens Month—you have plenty of time. However, I regret to inform you that you missed National Underwear Day on the 5th which would’ve been an opportunity to smile for sure. Of course, every day is underwear day in my house because none of the boys ever want to get dressed.

So, boxers don’t spark joy for me but I am all for whatever makes you happy. Let’s all echo Pharrell’s sentiment, “Clap along if you know what happiness is to you…”

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