Initiative designed to combat negative-focusing media messages and promote 2010 as “The Year of Happiness.”
February, 1st 2010, San Francisco, CA – Tired of the negative messages about the economy, the recession and other doom and gloom coming from the media? Well, someone is doing something about it. Actually, make that several thousand people, and growing.
The “I Am Happy Project,” the brainchild of Edwin Edebiri of Corning, California, is inviting people worldwide to participate in a “10 Days of Happiness” campaign which will run from February 19th through the 28th.
Participants are encouraged to focus on one of the project’s manifesto “Ten Ways to Be Happy TM” for each day of the ten-day period:
This grass-roots movement is intended to kick off the year 2010 as “The Year of Happiness.”
The idea for the I Am Happy Project began early 2009. Edwin Edebiri, troubled by all the ongoing news reports on recession and human suffering, wanted a way to encourage people to focus on “the things that really matter, such as faith, family and friends”.
Like many adherents of belief systems such as the Law of Attraction, popularized by such books as The Secret, Edebiri believes that whatever we focus on grows, and felt that shifting people’s focus to thoughts of happiness would in turn foster more positive feelings and optimism in individuals and their communities. The mission of the I Am Happy Project is “to spread happiness globally one person at a time.” Happiness is defined as: “a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, satisfaction, pleasure or joy. Happiness comes from deep within, and not from people, situations or circumstances."
The idea quickly caught on. Local group meetings started December 10, 2009. In less than a month, 4400 happy people in 50 cities and 16 countries had joined the movement. Membership in the I Am Happy Project, which is free, informal and spread by means such as word of mouth, Facebook and Meetup.com only requires a commitment to happiness. Most local chapters have monthly meetings to bring like-minded happy people together. The group also sponsors “Happiness parties” where members visit venues such as hospitals, nursing homes to spread happiness where it is most sorely needed.
To find out more about the I AM Happy Project, to find a meetup near you or to participate in the 10 Days of Happiness, visit http://iamhappyproject.org/
About the “I AM Happy Project: The “I AM Happy Project” is a non-profit organization founded by Edwin Edebiri, designed to raise the level of Happiness worldwide.
Edwin Edebiri – Founder – www.iamhappyproject.org – edwin@
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About "I am happy project": Our mission is to spread happiness globally, one person at a time. http://iamhappyproject.org