My Happiness Project

Remember when Ann Curry asked us all to do 26 acts of kindness to honor the 26 precious children killed in Newtown, Connecticut? I have been thinking about that for a while now trying to decide what I wanted to do. Should I buy someone a coffee? Should I volunteer? What do I want to do? I am always thinking about ways to show kindness and love to those I care about and even to strangers. So I started thinking about the small things that make me happy.

I finally came up with mail. I love getting mail. Not junk mail, not bills, but fun mail. At Christmas I realized that I get so excited when a fun card shows up in my mailbox. It makes me smile and it feels good. That’s when I decided on my happiness project.

I am going to send fun mail!

I went to Hallmark and found the 99 cent cards and bought all of the “thinking of you” and “I love you” cards I could find. I’m planning on sending one or two a month. I am opening my address book or my email and randomly picking one person to send one to. It might be my Mom, my sister, a blogging friend, a friend I haven’t talked to in ages. I’ll pick one and send them a card. Just to say hi.

What do you think? Do you think it will spread some joy and happiness? I think so.

Do you want to join me?


9 responses to “My Happiness Project

  1. I think this is a fabulous idea. I just (like yesterday!) suggested to a friend of mine who lives about three hours away, that her 10 year old and my 10 year old be penpals. Mail, traditional mail that comes in actual envelopes with stamps and everything, is a dying art, I think. Maybe your O and my O should be penpals (with a little help from their moms 🙂 )

  2. Love it. I try to send cards often but it goes in waves. I love getting mail that isn’t bills. That is one of the best things about the Christmas season for me is that the fun mail totally outnumbers the icky mail.

  3. Absolutely! What a great idea. I always love getting cards in snail mail – such a nice break from all of the junk and bills. 🙂

  4. I saw the 26 acts of kindness also. the boys and I are going to do this…just need to get started. maybe this weekend.

  5. That’s a wonderful idea. I think everyone enjoys getting mail, and mail they can hold in their hands and re-read.

  6. Great idea! I love getting cards in the mail.

  7. Wonderful idea! I’m doing my own project, too. I’m trying to get 26 books donated in honor of the victims to my daughter’s school library. December 14 was such a terrible, terrible tragedy, and it soothes the soul a little bit to do something kind and good and selfless like this. High five, friend.

  8. I love this idea!! Three years or so ago I made my New Years resolution to send bday cards to family and friends including children of friends. It was challenging, but I loved it!
    I am with you on loving to get mail.

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