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HappyThon 2013

Oh yeah – it’s that time! HappyThon 2013!

“What?” you ask? HappyThon 2013. August is Happiness Happens Month and today, August 8, is Happiness Happens Day!

“Why?” you ask? (And for those of you who appreciate my sarcastic and cynical side, you are probably wondering how I got on board.) Because – wouldn’t the world be a better place if more people were talking and thinking about happiness? I even went so far as to join the Secret Society of Happy People.

Last week, I gave audience to staff with program concerns and personnel issues. I prayed about the health concerns of family members. I offered a supportive shoulder to friends working through personal problems. They were all important moments, moments I wouldn’t trade and would absolutely engage in again… but they weren’t happy. We share the troublesome. Newspapers, radio, television, and the internet bombard us with the negative. And sometimes, when I’m feeling really happy, I even feel a little guilty because I know that someone, somewhere, is struggling and I should try to make their life better. But what would happen if we actually engaged in a happiness spree? A movement of glee? A joy sharefest? Imagine what that might look like!

At A Woman’s Place, there can be an abundance of sadness. We have more than our fair share of pain and sorrow and loss. But we also laugh. We creatively hope, dream, reassure, congratulate, and love. We celebrate thriving and flourishing. We are happy. I, for one, vote that we be less secretive about that and start spreading the news. There is great happiness in social change work that builds a society where people are flourishing.

So join me in celebrating happiness and HappyThon 2013. Pause, let you be ok with it, be grateful for it, and be happy!


Creativity: A Woman’s Place encourages the creation of meaningful new ideas, interpretations, and rules.*

*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place

Ifeoma U. Aduba

Executive Director

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