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On a day when the Northeast is being soaked with rain and Google’s on fire with searches for the tiger woods latest update, I was thrilled to receive the latest update from my anonymous Facebook friend We Happy Now.  I was introduced to We Happy Now a few weeks ago by a friend who suggested I join the free We Happy Now fanpage so I would get We Happy Now’s updates every few days.


We Happy Now makes me feel like a 10 year old girl who just discovered Lisa Frank stickers. He (or she?) offers the perfect combination of ancient wisdom, childlike clarity, and a commitment to expressing their ideas to an English-speaking audience even though their command of English is far from perfect. 

Each little one sentence idea is like a jolt of blue lightning through the haze of the day, reminding me that freedom from dissatisfaction may not be easy, and that it starts with compassion for myself and others.

Some of my favorite gems so far:

you think spirit is in god, allah, jehovah, child, rain, or tree, it is
all different names for same thing that move through us all. You say
tomato, I say potato! Realize this and be we happy now!”


HAPPY NOW! no more looking outside the moment of now for happy – no
regret, no shop shop future dream maybe happy times. right now, you
enough, and you have enough for happys.”

think of this for happiest. don’t wait to fix friends and loved
relationships until its broken. fix it when it working, every day, and
never breaks! always happy if always paying attentions!”

You can sign up for free for the free We Happy Now Facebook fanpage; or you can follow them on Twitter.


Trust me, you’ll love it when you from him or her or whoever it is.  It’s like a little bell in the middle of your day, demanding that you pay attention to what is available to you in the present moment.

Or, you can just buy some Lisa Frank stickers:

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Patrick Groneman

posted December 9, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I love this! I am already following on twitter and a fan on facebook.

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posted December 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Alas, even as a 10-year-old I would have preferred this unicorn:
thx for We Happy Now – will ck ’em out

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Anan E. Maus

posted December 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm

cute and funny.
Generally we do have to be a little careful about joking about the path. It is not so hard for making fun of “Confucius-like” sayings to become the seed of some actual doubt or disillusionment.
At least for the first few years on the path, best to keep joking about it to a minimum. After you have gone, say, a few years straight without missing many meditations, then you are firmly planted enough to
let some joking in.
It is important to keep the sacred inviolate. It is like giving yourself more and more inner power. Joking about it tends to dissipate that power.
Of course, in general, joy and joking are extremely important…but
our society tends to be so nihilistic anyway, that too much joking can start to move us in that direction.

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Anan E. Maus

posted December 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

quick follow-up…I mean only as it specifically applies to joking about the path itself. If you want to make fun of Tiger Woods and Britney Spears…by all means, knock yourself out.

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posted December 11, 2009 at 8:51 am

goodness.. I’d totally forgotten about Lisa Frank stickers till now… blast from the past!

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Ed B.

posted December 18, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Gosh Anan Maus, you’re always so heavy. Try taking things a tad less seriously from time to time. The kinds of people who access belief are probably pretty smart cookies. They can figure some things out for themselves.
I’ve read many of your comments and they are always sooooooo very serious. Try smiling for a week, or go dancing. It might do wonder for your practice.

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posted January 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Anan E Maus,
You’re making “the Path” some big serious thing outside yourself.
By objectifying it, by being goal-oriented, you’ve already missed the point.
No Path. No Goal. No Sacred Cows.
Nothing to attain, nothing to be attained.
Give yourself a few more years and you will see how silly your seriousness is.
Best Regards,

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