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April 28th, 2011

It's your lucky day. You can share some happiness, get some happiness, do a glorious favor for a dear friend of mine, and make the world a brighter place! All in as much or as little time as you have to offer.


♥ joy is contagious ♥

Inspiration for Project Happy Memory: The Shorter Version
by Christina

A few months ago, I was reading an article online about retrospective happiness. It explained that many of us experience happiness well after the fact, never realizing in the moment how happy and joyful we are. The article was good, but I don't remember much beyond that. What I do remember, nearly word for word, are the comments left by random strangers. Inspired by the story, a few took it upon themselves to write briefly about some of their happiest memories. The stories weren't long, eloquent, wild or shocking. But they were happy. I obsessively refreshed the page, day after day, hoping to find another. Eventually, the stories stopped coming, and I missed them.

But I realize now that the stories don't stop coming. They exist all around us, in every living body in every room, house, on every block, in every town, in every country, on every continent. It's just that no one has ever asked.

So, please. I'm asking. And I really hope you'll say okay. Write to me at projecthappymemory [at] gmail [dot] com or click "submit" and tell me one of your happiest memories. An instance that has made you smile or laugh. A time in your life that you thought was miserable but, looking back, was magical. You can be brief or prolific, silly or profound. You can give background details or you can leave them out. You can focus on the minute, the hour, the weekend, the year. Spend a little while thinking (it'll be fun, I promise) and then just start typing. It doesn't have to be perfect, you can submit anonymously (or use a pseudonym), and you can do it more than once.

Please share this website with the people you love.

Together, I think we can create something beautiful.

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, as you fancy.


We celebrate peace. Yet we pay no attention to the ways of curing aggression in human beings. And when one sees in psychoanalysis hostility disappearing as people conquer their fears, one wonders if the cure is not there.
The Diary of Anaïs Nin; August, 1945

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