New Study Promotes Micro-Moments of Happiness; Year-Old Company Ships Such Moments around the Globe

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A recent study out of UNC says resiliency increases through frequent micro-moments of happiness. Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania company reports an increase in the shipment of such moments. sends surprise packages or "Little Somethings" designed to brighten someone's day -- and to help improve resiliency -- all for under $10.

Greetings from, an online service company dedicated to spreading happiness one micro-moment at a time! We mailed our first smile in July of 2008. Since then, the number of packages shipped has increased over a thousand percent. We already knew that finding a surprise in the mailbox could brighten someone's day; we now know that it can actually improve someone's resiliency… According to a newly-released study out of UNC at Chapel Hill found at, little moments of positive emotion can add up, helping us to "rebound better from adversity and stress, ward off depression, and continue to grow." So sending a Little Something can go a long way!

Entrepreneur Mark Helsel co-founded on the premise that we all have people we would like to thank, recognize or encourage, but we rarely take the time to do so in a meaningful way. He envisioned a website devoted to making it simple to send a delightful surprise in the mail quickly and affordably. "To do this on a regular basis, I needed to find things that were unique and high quality, yet relatively inexpensive," explained Mark. now offers a wide variety of Little Somethings from cookies and cakes to puzzles and toys -- all under $10 (including shipping to U.S. destinations). Each one includes a personal note from the sender. According to Mark, it only takes a moment to brighten someone's day, and "customers consistently report how good it feels to 'mail smiles.'"


Brooke Meadows


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