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August Is Happiness Happens Month

Here are some ways you can spread happiness and positivity.

By Anne A. Simpkinson, New York, New York

WEB EXCLUSIVE

Most of us can recall the children’s song "If You're Happy and You Know It." Well, the Secret Society of Happy People want us to do more than just clap our hands. They have, since 2000, worked to have August designated Happiness Happens month. 

The celebration was created to counter cynicism and negativity and spread expressions of happiness. They believe that  happiness is contagious. Therefore if folks talk about their happy moments and experiences, positive attitude will prevail and good feelings will go viral. 

To do our part in the happiness conspiracy, we contacted Maria Diaz, an embroidery designer, and asked her to craft a Happiness Happens design. Use our instructions and pattern to create your own Happiness Happens pillow.

Or you can go to our Facebook page and tell us what makes you happy. Simply finish the sentence: Happiness Happens when…