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Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 3, 2014: Del Rio News-Herald Letter to the Editor "Everybody get happy"

Letter to the Editor,

There is an upcoming day of celebration on August 8 known as “NATIONAL HAPPINESS HAPPENS DAY”.

The National Happiness Happens Day was founded in 1999 as “Admit You’re Happy Day” by the Secret Society of Happy People (SOHP).

August 8 was chosen as it is the anniversary date of the first membership in 1998.

Yes, “National Happiness Happens Day” has a legitimate national proclamation designation; and yes, the Secret Society of Happy People is a real organization as can be attested to by visiting their website at

The society encourages members to experience and express happiness in their daily life.

They have two mottoes: “Happiness Happens” and “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade”. 

Cynics and skeptics will probably ridicule and rebuke what in their mind seems a frivolous and foolish day.

They may scathingly renounce the squandering of paper and ink spent on publicizing what they perceive to be a seemingly inane declaration.

There are far more serious and somber matters to be written about and published in the newspaper they may truthfully reiterate; but when people are surveyed about what they most want in life, the overwhelming majority mention Happiness.

We all want to be serendipitously happy, even those who are sarcastic and satirical.

So let us all at least for this one day experience happiness by laughing instead of scoffing, kissing the ones we love instead of hissing at the ones we loathe, cheering instead of jeering, tickling our toes instead of wrinkling our nose, and chuckling at jokes instead of heckling folks.

“There is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live”. Ecclesiastes 3:12

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.