The Happygolitely Project

I realize, a little more each day, how important it is for us all to reach out to each other, to support each other, to show one another we care. We are all part of the same; we are all human; we are stronger together. When we feel united, we feel happier for the sense of connection.

An idea popped into my head to create ‘a little happy’ that could be given/shared. Then it came to me to make this a social experiment. To somehow get these little happys out to people so that they could give them to whomever they felt needed it. I knew some people would give them to friends or family who were having a bad day or needed a boost; but my grander vision was that people would pass these on spontaneously to seeming strangers –

-to anyone who looked like they would benefit from a small gesture, a little happy, that came out of the blue & proved to them someone cared, the Universe cares.

Then I came up with our tag-line:

“A Little Happy Goes a Long Way”

I hope these Little Happys span the globe – to travel over continents & bodies of water, over cultural differences & language barriers, past financial problems & economic crises, through the hands of people who would otherwise remain unconnected.

Please send me your Happy Little Story – tell me how far your Little Happy traveled – tell me who you shared yours with – tell me who shared theirs with you. Let's all create a web of happiness as far as we can imagine.

In happiness, ~girlgolite♥

Thursday, February 26, 2009

a little lesson for me

Yesterday I gave a Little Happy to a sweet woman who works at a store in the mall that is closing for good. I don't know if she does or doesn't really need that job, but it is coming to an end and she's as pleasant and helpful as if was their Grand Opening. People are scrounging thru the racks of deeply-discounted clothing and she floats happily thru the store, tidying up the messes they create and answering the same 'how much is this?" question 500 times, even though there are signs everywhere telling you the price of everything. What I admire most about her is that both times I've been in that store, she's sweet as pie. I like people who put that kind of happy energy out in the world around them and I wanted her to feel my gratitude thru that Little Happy.

I realized something yesterday. I'm pretty shy and feel a bit awkward passing these Happys out and it really dawned on me why. If someone came up to me and handed me a little feltie whatnot, I'd be hesitant to accept it. I'd wonder what the catch was. And I expect other people to act the same way and I don't want to be made to feel embarrassed by them rejecting my gesture. While I was thinking to myself, 'what a shame if people can't just take my happy without suspicion' I quickly realized -- 'it's exactly how I would react".

Passing these Happys out will make me a more open person - looking first to understand, rather than to be understood.

Happy Thursday to you all.


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