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March 20, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Come on. Get happy.

Not only the first day of spring, although that should be enough, it’s International Day of Happiness.

Poke the grumpy. No, not that Grumpy Cat – he’s just made that way.

(And his owners cashing in. Happy there!)

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In 2012, the UN declared March 20 a day to recognize happiness.

Events are planned. Somehow that strikes me funny….

Planned events to display happiness?

What’s happened to people.(It’s Happiness Day, we won’t explore that.)

Surely spontaneous happiness hasn’t gone out of style. Vanish like unicorns and penny candy?

Planned events means you can text and twitter your friends to schedule Happiness in.

Get ready for those selfies!

In Houston, cheerfully skip to the Acts of Happiness Wall outside city hall.

There you can write sticky notes to tell people what you did to spread happiness to others.

Hey, take a picture to post on your Facebook page!

Everyone will want to know what you did.

Think how good that will feel! Happy for you. Happy for me….

Will this Happiness become a competitive sport?

To see who can spread the most and best-est Happiness?

An easy-do even from home or work!

You don’t have to dress up! (Well, maybe comb hair if you plan to do pix – or not. Laughing causes happiness, right?)

Go online. to fill out a card for the virtual Acts of Happiness Wall.

Tweet about happiness using hashtag:  #happyacts.

Tell the world what YOU did to make others happy.

Recording your efforts. Didn’t that make you smile? Feel all warm inside?

Applause. People love happy people.

Naturally there are those who have to be different. Those secret happiness makers.

Ones who do random acts of happiness.

Ones who don’t expect or especially want others to know they did it.

Being unseen – unrewarded – makes them happy, too.

No accounting for people’s tastes.

Or they just could be introverts or shy. Or underground rebels.

Just be The Happy!

Hey, something for everyone today.

Do happiness in your own personal style.

Who could be grumpy about happiness?

(There’s bound to be a cat named Happiness…we’ll be seeing it shortly, no doubt.)

Vernal Equinox and International Happiness Day. What more could you want?


Smile on!

Phil the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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Ewe can do it! Flock in fun. Happiness fluffs life.
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  1. Carrie Rubin / Mar 20 2014 5:46 pm

    I showed up at my son’s school today for their Rube Goldberg machine demonstrations, and that made him happy. Which made me even happier. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2014 6:11 pm

      Did you take pictures? Rube Goldberg machines and kids – can’t think of anything – anything – better. Time well spent. Thanks for giggling along


      • Carrie Rubin / Mar 20 2014 7:04 pm

        I took a picture of his project and tweeted it, but that was it. 🙂


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2014 7:49 pm

          Now there’s a post! Kids need to dream and play with whimsy…some silly ideas turn into something big!


  2. sportsattitudes / Mar 20 2014 5:49 pm

    There’s no “I” in HAPPY so we should all make sure to spread it around. The best way to become happy is to make someone else feel happy. Happy is as happy does!


  3. Spinster / Mar 20 2014 6:07 pm

    This needs a full month. It’d probably do wonders worldwide.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2014 6:19 pm

      Definitely true…good will shown not in December? Wishful thinking?
      People usually cheer up with this time of year. There’s a chemical/physical reason for Spring fever…maybe nature’s way or nudging people to get happy after a long cold dark winter? Thanks for sending a smile


  4. Robin / Mar 20 2014 10:55 pm

    Happy Happiness Day, PhilosopherMouse! And Happy Spring, too. 🙂


  5. Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A. / Mar 21 2014 1:16 am

    I kind of like the idea of happiness as a competitive sport. Imagine all these people vying for the Gold Medal of Happiness. What a happy world this would be. 😉


  6. marthaschaefer / Mar 21 2014 1:29 am

    Once again and then some, I am thoroughly amazed and humbly amused as I work my way through the Hedge. Why thank you, one again Phil!


  7. jannatwrites / Mar 21 2014 3:34 am

    It seems odd to have a day for happiness…. I like to think of everyday as a great time for happiness 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 21 2014 4:02 am

      It was even odder how it came about. Someone did a “Gross National Happiness Index” research study. Bhutan scored the highest. That country decided to spread the idea that happiness of people was as important as gross national product and got the UN to encourage a special day to emphasize the importance.There’s a new magazine, Live happy, that is sponsoring events (and virtual list). No doubt there’s economic reasons But not going to look for those!
      And you are right – everyday is a chance to be happy all over again! Thanks for adding some grins


  8. gingerfightback / Mar 21 2014 8:30 am

    I am grinning like a fool!


  9. Littlesundog / Mar 23 2014 2:14 pm

    Thanks for posting a message I really needed to see today! It isn’t always nature (in my world) that speaks to me… what a wonderful friend you are to share the message of “happiness” when I needed a gentle hug and reminder of living well! You rock, my friend!


  10. Beth / Mar 24 2014 2:45 pm

    Oh no!!! I missed International Happy Day. 😦 That means 361 days sans the happy. Next year, by golly, I will make that day my own. I will win at the happy! 🙂 (When is International Silly Day? I seem to be celebrating that already.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2014 3:51 pm

      Already in training are you? Watch out Happiness contestants – she’s determined and has skills! Thanks for giggling along


  11. jmmcdowell / Mar 24 2014 10:48 pm

    Okay, I admit it—I go the stealth route when it comes to random acts like this. 😉 A little hard to feel too happy, though, when we could get 1–3 inches of snow tomorrow. Ugh. When will this winter end?!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2014 11:41 pm

      The whole “post the way you made someone happy” seems a bit odd….a little self-patting on the back. But with this winter, maybe people need to be encouraged to be happy by some method.
      Some of the party visitors are hoping to make it back tomorrow before the snow closes everything. Shall we tape pictures of cherry blossoms in the windows as encouragement? The kids will be in schools all summer at this rate. (just wait, we’d better not have a looong roasting summer…double ughs) Thanks for giggling along


  12. girlseule / Mar 25 2014 1:52 pm

    I love that there is a day for happiness and I can’t believe I missed it. Next year!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2014 2:23 pm

      An assigned day is for those who can’t manage to be happiness whenever? Anyone writing hilarious blog posts like you already have it figured out. Thanks for giggling along


  13. busymindthinking / Mar 31 2014 1:46 pm

    My likes had not been registering and I am uncertain for how long; so today I am retracing things I’ve read already and correcting it. Have a beautiful and inspired day.


  14. pnwauthor / Apr 16 2014 12:14 am

    I had no idea there was an official happiness day. Perhaps the world actually could use a reminder about putting on a happy face. The thought brings a chuckle to my lips.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 16 2014 3:19 pm

      Reminds me of that song “Put on a Happy Face.” It works. Let’s all sing together..and go outside – it’s sunny. We need to be there. Thanks for smiling along


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