National Happiness Happens Day Is August 8
“Happiness is elusive because there isn’t an exact recipe for it, no matter how much we want one and how many scientific studies are done to help us understand happiness,” says Pamela Gail Johnson, founder the Secret Society of Happy People (SOHP). “Happiness is one of those experiences that we just know when it happens. If you need to think about whether you’re happy, you probably aren’t at that moment.”
Johnson wondered if it’s even possible to define something that sounds so simple, yet is obviously complex. “Before starting the Society I tried more ‘get happy’ philosophies or how-to programs from the spiritual to the cognitive than I can remember. Although, I’m blessed with happy genetics, so I naturally see the brighter side of life, I wanted life to be happy all of the time.”
“What I learned was that, although you can’t be happy all of the time, you can be happy most of the time,” she says. “You just need to recognize more of the happiness that’s already happening.”
To celebrate its first birthday, the Society declared August 8, Admit You’re Happy Day, later changing the name to Happiness Happens Day. The holiday is based on the idea that happiness is unlimited. It is also contagious, so sharing your happiness may bring joy to other people’s lives.
SOHP now celebrates the entire month of August as Happiness Happens Month. And, the U.N. has set aside March 20 as the International Day of Happiness.
Just remember, even happy people don’t feel happy all the time. It’s okay to feel sad—as well as all the other emotions that make our lives rich and meaningful. And, when circumstances make it hard to find ways to feel happy, it’s okay to ask for help. If you’re constantly looking for ways to feel happy, it might be time to explore what’s at the root of your sadness, anger or dissatisfaction in work or relationships. Oftentimes when we increase personal awareness and shift our perspectives even slightly, a whole new, happier way of being opens up.
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