“Happiness is elusive because there isn’t an exact recipe for it, no matter how much we want one and how many scientific studies are done to help us understand happiness,” says Pamela Gail Johnson, founder the Secret Society of Happy People (SOHP). “Happiness is one of those experiences that we just know when it happens. If you need to think about whether you’re happy, you probably aren’t at that moment.”
Johnson wondered if it’s even possible to define something that sounds so simple, yet, is obviously complex. “Before starting the Society I tried more ‘get happy’ philosophy or how-to programs from the spiritual to the cognitive than I can remember. Although, I’m blessed with happy genetics, so I naturally see the brighter side of life, I wanted life to be happy all of the time.
“What I learned was that, although you can’t be happy all of the time, you can be happy most of the time,” she says. “You just need to recognize more of the happiness that’s already happening.”
To celebrate the first birthday the Society declared August 8, Admit You’re Happy Day, later changing the name to Happiness Happens Day. The holiday is based on the idea that happiness is unlimited. It is also contagious, so sharing your happiness may bring joy to other people’s lives.
SOHP now celebrates the entire month of August as Happiness Happens Month. And the U.N. has set aside March 20 as the International Day of Happiness.
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