The Secret Society of Happy People Announces the Happiest Events and Moments of 2012

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For the 15th year the society names the five happiest events of the year.

The Society has named the happiest events and moments of the year for the past 15 years.

The Secret Society of Happy People announces its 15th annual Happiest Events and Moments of the year:

5.    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

4.    Gabby Douglas’s talent and smile captured our hearts when she became the first African-American to win the Olympic all-around gold in gymnastics at age 16.

3.    Viral YouTube videos kept us smiling, singing and dancing: “Gangnam Style” by South Korean pop star Psy, officially passed one billion YouTube views and “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen got everyone from the Harvard Baseball team to Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders to Cookie Monster releasing their own YouTube lip-synched versions of the song.

2.    The 50 Shades of Gray trilogy got everyone reading, thinking and talking about sex -- to the tune of almost 40 billion copies sold worldwide – reminding us that sex makes virtually everyone happy.

1.    The world was relieved on December 21, 2012, when the infamous Mayan calendar end of the world prediction proved to be another false alarm. So we’re now getting ready to ring in a Happy 2013.

“Some years the happiest moments get lot in the midst of the unhappy ones,” says Pamela Gail Johnson, Founder of the Secret Society of Happy People. “Our list reminds us what made us the happiest during the year.”

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Secret Society of Happy People Highlights

Founded: August 1998

Purpose: The Secret Society of Happy People encourages the expression of happiness and discourages parade-raining. Parade-rainers are those people who don't want to hear your happy news. And no, we don't tell people to be happy if they aren't or how to be happy.

Creed: As a member of the Secret Society of Happy People I will:

Recognize happiness with the same enthusiasm as I do unhappiness,
Encourage others to share their happiness,
Don’t unnecessarily rain on other people’s parades.

Members: Thousands from around the world in more than 34 countries

History: The Society gained international recognition in December 1998 when it challenged Ann Landers for discouraging people from writing happy holiday newsletters to enclose with their holiday cards.

Since then the Society has:

  •     Announced the Happiest Events and Moments of 1998-2012
  •     Identified the Thirty-one Types of Happiness
  •     Declared August and August 8th as Happiness Happens Month & Day
  •     Nineteen governors sent proclamations in 1998
  •     Organized HappyThon, the first online social media event to promote happiness
  •     Organized voting for the Happiest Events, Inventions and Social Changes of the Century
  •     Host Hunt for Happiness Week the 3rd Week of January

     Seven governors sent proclamations in 2006

The Society has been featured in People Magazine, Newsweek and Time, and has been included in stories in Reader’s Digest, Prevention, Ladies Home Journal, Harpers, Yoga Journal, SELF, Redbook, Glamour, and New Age Journal. Founder Pamela Gail Johnson was on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

Hundreds of print and broadcast outlets throughout the world have covered the Society, including CNN, The Associated Press, USA Today, Good Morning America (ABC), The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Los Angeles Times. Parade named the Happiest Events, Inventions and Social Changes of the Century as the “Best List of the Century.”

A few websites that have linked to the Society include:, Good Housekeeping,, and USA Hot Site.

The Society has been included in Think You’re the Only One?, 365 Health and Happiness Boosters, Voices of Truth, Every Day’s a Holiday Calendar, Chase’s Calendar of Events, and Trivial Pursuit’s 1990’s Edition includes a question about Admit You’re Happy Day.

Pamela Gail Johnson has been an Luminary in 2009-2012.

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