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This is the sixth year that the Secret Society of Happy People has announced the year's Happiest Events and Moments.

The Secret Society of Happy People happily announces the Happiest Events and Moments of 2003:

10. (Tie) It’s been 100 years since the Wright Brothers got powered aviation off the ground.

            Mickey Mouse turns 75, but his voice still hasn’t changed.

9. The original test tube baby—whose birth forever changed the rules of conception—turns 25.

8. American Idol contestants Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken prove talent can win out over image.

7. People are surprisingly honest when a Milwaukee woman gets back all 30 $100 bills that blew out of her purse.

6. Women’s golfer Annika Sorenstram crosses the gender lines and competes respectably before large galleries at The Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth.    

5. The Fab 5 from Queer Eye encourages straight men to look their best, live in style, and develop a little culture.

4. Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart returns home thanks to the good Samaritans who called the police when they saw her.

3. Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian campaigner for women’s and children’s human rights, wins the Nobel prize.

2. Anti-nuisance legislation was passed to stop telemarketers and spammers from cluttering up our lives.

1. Science proves it: the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging finds happy people live longer.

GLOBAL BONUS MOMENT: Saddam Hussein was captured, officially ending any chance that he could return to power.

This is the sixth year the Society has released the year’s Happiest Events and Moments.


Society Founder, Pamela Gail Johnson is available for interviews at 972-471-1485 (office), 469-358-3914 (cell) or

Society members are also available for interviews.


The Secret Society of Happy People began in August 1998 to encourage people to talk more about their happiness and discourage parade-raining. It began receiving international attention in December 1998 when Ann Landers told people to “not send those happy holiday newsletters,” when it declared August 8th as National Admit You’re Happy Day (nineteen Governors sent proclamations), organized voting for the Happiest Events, Inventions, and Society Changes of the Century, announces the Happiest Events and Moments of each year and sponsored the second Hunt for Happiness Week in January 2003

The Society has been covered by CNN, People, Parade, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Redbook, Harpers, SELF, Ladies Home Journal, New Age Journal, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Associated Press, and numerous other news organizations.

The web site has been a Hot Site and included in 365 Health and Happiness Boosters (Conari Press).

Society Founder Pam Johnson was a guest panelist on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher

and has been interviewed in Voices of Truth (Lotus Press, 2000).

Almost 1.8 million people from around the world have contacted the Society since December 1998.


Pamela Gail Johnson, is the founder of Secret Society of Happy People and author of Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade: Adventures of the Secret Society of Happy People (June 2000).

A native Texan, Pam lives in Dallas, where she is working on her next book Happily Co-Existing with Chaos. She also does motivational speaking and workshops, and is a sales representative.

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