August is Happiness Happens Month: Win a Book!

59 Seconds by Roger WisemanAccording to the Secret Society of Happy People, August is Happiness Happens month.

Ten years ago the Society declared August 8th as Admit You’re Happy Day (now Happiness Happens Day) and in the year 2000 they expanded it to cover the whole month of August. The Society has two purposes of the month:

  • Recognize and express happiness
  • Don’t rain on other people’s parades

Unfortunately, for many people the idea of being happy is a Someday they feel they’ll never reach.

Here’s the thing though โ€“ that’s not true.

More and more research is showing that to be happy, all you have to do is choose to be happy.

The most recent book looking at this research is 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman. I’ve only read the Intro so far but the man and his research back up what I’ve been saying here on Someday Syndrome since I started the blog โ€“ by consciously choosing to act and repeat small steps regular you can achieve happiness.

As the book’s website states:

From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, and resilience to relationships, 59 Seconds presents the new science of rapid change.

And if you want to win a copy of this book, all you need to do is leave a comment on any post between now and August 27th. The more comments, the more chances to win (but of course only one comment per post counts).

Yes, it’s that simple!

I don’t care if you’re happy or not โ€“ all you need to do is raise your hand and say:

“I’m here! And I want that book!”

Because happiness starts with a choice to act in a small way.

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19 thoughts on “August is Happiness Happens Month: Win a Book!

  1. Why haven’t I been nominated as president of the Secret Society Of Happy People? I am The Happiest Person I Know, and they haven’t even offered me a membership!

    Then again, don’t know if I’d want to be a member of a society that would have me as a member anyway!
    .-= Jacqueline Johns – Your Happy Life Mentor´s last blog ..Happiness Study =-.

  2. Alex Fayle says:

    @Jacqueline
    LOL!!! As soon as I found out about the Society I joined and will likely become a paid member, because how could I not support something like this? C’mon! Give them a try – you know it will make you happy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Happiness Happens, Sadness Sails Away! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m here, I want that book ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Zoltรกn Cserei´s last blog ..Are the little things important? =-.

  4. Dixie Darr says:

    Watching this will make anybody happy. http://www.imtiredonline.com/smile/
    Send me the book!
    .-= Dixie Darr´s last blog What I did for Free.. =-.

  5. Even if I don’t win the book, I will still work on my August Happiness Month tasks! I didn’t even know it was Happiness Month – so that alone is good news!
    .-= Laura – The Journal of Cultural Conversation´s last blog ..The Art of Listening =-.

  6. Lisa Balsom says:

    I NEED that book :). I am guilty of the “I will be happy when….” version of Someday Syndrome. The work I’ve done in Deb Owen’s Creative Pathways course is helping me get off my butt and do the work, but every little bit helps!

  7. Estelle says:

    If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!….

  8. David says:

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  9. I had no idea that August (my favorite month ever!) is Happiness Happens month. It coincides nicely with my vacation and the first meeting of my Happiness Project group. How perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for introducing us to the Secret Society of Happy People. I just joined and I’m quite excited about it. The book sounds great too. If I don’t win, I’ll be sure to pick up a copy! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Positively Present´s last blog ..how to start right where you are =-.

  10. Alex Fayle says:

    @Zoltan
    Yes, the sadness sails away on the Someday Sea that we’ve left behind us!

    @Dixie
    That is very cute. we had a beagle whose smile could warm the hearts of anyone.

    @Lisa
    The thing I love most about the book is the idea that it only takes short bursts of effort – I’m all about the little steps!

    @Estelle
    That was one of the songs I taught to my English students – it always made them laugh.

    @Positively Present
    My pleasure! I was very excited to find them too!

  11. Wendi Kelly says:

    Boy oh Boy Alex…

    You have no idea how timely this subject is…

    One of my best friends just passed away this week from cancer and I was helping take care of her and spending time with her. I found myself saying out loud and in my head…”I am SO depressed” and then I would fight back that thought by saying, NO…I’m just sad right now, I’m a happy person, and I’m choosing to celebrating life, mine and hers.”

    It is SO hard to hang on to the truth at a time like this that we can choose what we believe by the thoughts that we alllow ourselves to think. But I am managing by reminding myself that It’s ok to feel our emotions…loud and clear… but we can choose happiness even in the darkest moments. Happy people get sad sometimes. Then they go right back to being happy people because that’s the way their mind is pre-set.

    Thanks for a subject that I need at just the exact right time.
    .-= Wendi Kelly´s last blog ..Precious Moments =-.

  12. JB says:

    I’m here! And I want that book!
    .-= JB´s last blog ..Do You Know Why Your Outcome Derailed? =-.

  13. Bruno Pellegrino says:

    Yes I think I have a serious problem with procrastination, so I am reading his article, thanks in advance!

    Here I am and I want the book!

  14. Richard says:

    I’m here! And I want that book!

    Actually, I need that book. I’m the most unhappy person I know. I found this site by googling “can something go right for me for a change”. Maybe it has. Then again, with my track record, probably not.

  15. Alex Fayle says:

    @Wendy
    I’m so sorry to hear that! But I’m glad this post has helped! Celebrating the life that was is a hard thing to do when all you feel like doing is missing the crap out of the person and grieving the future time together lost. Being aware that yes you are a happy person who is sad at the moment is a good way to get yourself through it. It allows the sadness without dragging down your whole life.

    @JB
    Yay to being here! Your name is in the draw!

    @Bruno
    You’ve taken one small step to break the procrastination – you’ve left a comment. That’s an action and procrastination disappears when we take small actions. Good luck with more!

    @Richard
    I’m sorry to hear about your unhappiness. There are a few exercises that Wiseman has researched and says work – one is smile: when we smile we feel better, even if we don’t want to smile – the physical act changes our mood, even slightly. Another is gratitude: looking at what we have and seeing the good stuff in our lives. The third is thinking about something pleasurable from the day before, even if it’s something small.

    Good luck and remember that happiness is a choice – what actions are you taking to be happy?

  16. ellen says:

    I am one of those annoying happy people. Every morning on the way to work, I choose to be positive, happy, and respectful to others. It sets the mood for the rest of the day and I do smile at everybody at work.
    I want that book.

  17. Ruth G says:

    Just read your blog for the first time, and really appreciate the interesting links…it’s RICHARD Wiseman, though. His work is terrific, and if you change the first name, people will find your blog as well, as they Google him.

    I look forward to reading on, and learning more about your “Someday-itis” banishing!

  18. Alex Fayle says:

    @Ellen
    Yay to being annoyingly happy! You make the world a better place for sure!

    @Ruth
    Eep! I can’t believe I let that error slip through! Then again for some reason I have ALWAYS gotten those two names confused, my whole life… Fixed! Thanks for pointing that out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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