Celebrate the 13th Annual Happiness Happens Month with the Secret Society of Happy People

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Happiness Happens Month reminds everyone that happiness happens and we need to recognize it.

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Happiness Happens Month

Happiness Happens Month reminds us to celebrate happiness for thirty-one days.

The Secret Society of Happy People will celebrate the 13th Annual Happiness Happens Month in August.
The purpose of Happiness Happens Month is to help people recognize that happiness happens even in the middle of chaos and unhappiness.
“We don’t want people to deny unhappiness because we’re happiness realist,” say Society Founder Pamela Gail Johnson. “The purpose of the month is to help people keep unhappy or chaotic moments in a balanced perspective to their happy ones.”

The Society has identified the 31 Types of Happiness to help people increase their happy awareness so they can recognize more happiness. The Society even offers the Secret Society of Happy Peoples Thirty-One Types of Happiness Guide available in print or ebook.

How can people participate in Happiness Happens Month?

  •     Simply recognize your happy moments each day.
  •     Participate in HappyThon 2013, a day of social media happiness, on August 8th, which is also Happiness Happens Day
  •     Pass out silver kisses because not-so-secretly happy people have a way of seeing the silver lining in even the darkest clouds
  •     Become an Amused Member of the Society, it’s FREE, and you’ll get a 31 Types of Happiness Desk Poster
  •     Get the Happiness Happens Month @ Work Activity Guide to lead a celebration at work
  •     Visit the Society’s web site for the most up-to-date ideas about how to celebrate this year


Visit the Secret Society of Happy People to connect on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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: Beliefnet.com, Good Housekeeping, DailyInBox.com, and USA Today.com 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 is the Society Founder, author of the Secret Society of Happy Peoples Thirty-One Types of Happiness Guide, writes the Society’s weekly blogs that includes the Ask Pamela Gail: Where Happiness Meet Reality post, and is a public speaker.

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