If You're Happy and You Know It...

BY: Sharon Linnéa


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This is why the Secret Society of Happy People has come up with some helpful suggestions for celebrating this month. They have named silver the color of the month--as in "silver lining"--and suggest you give your silver coins to charity; pay someone else's toll, subway, or bus fare; or pass out silver Hershey's Kisses.

You might also make an extra effort to recognize and admit your happy moments to your family, friends, and co-workers, send e-greeting cards, take a personal Happiness Inventory, and don't even think of raining on someone else's parade. (Other suggestions can be found at the Secret Society of Happy People website--along with a report on whether your state's governor is happy, undecided, or a "stick in the mud.")

Need something specific to be happy about? The Secret Society of Happy People names the 10 happiest events and moments of each year (last year's included the first map of the human genetic code, the Subway Series, and Harry Potter) and held a massive vote for the 100 happiest events, inventions, and social changes of the century. This list, posted on their website, celebrates indoor plumbing, air conditioning, medical advances, women's right to vote, man walking on the moon, pizza delivery, and Captain Kangaroo.

Perhaps you already missed celebrating Air Conditioning Appreciation Day (July 3), Moon Day (July 20), Cousin's Day (July 24), and National Mustard Day (August 4)--but you're still well in time for National Tooth Fairy Day (August 22), Be Kind to Humankind Week (August 25-31), and Be Late for Something Day (September 5).

So smile and let the world smile with you--or, if it doesn't, give it a Hershey's Kiss.
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