Day 1: Happiness is.. those perfect car rides where the radio just plays all the right songs.
Since then, The Smile Project has expanded into a certified nonprofit organization and online hub for inspiration. In the "real world" The Smile Project operates Random Acts of Kindness clubs in educational institutes. These student-led groups encourage young people to get involved in service while also creating a more positive and kind community.
On June 23rd, 2018 - 2,419 days after posting my first "Happiness is" we will embark on a 25 state, 54 day adventure across America. In the process, we will facilitate a Pay it Forward project working with nonprofits, community gardens, hospitals, and strangers to show how one act of kindness in New York City can ripple around the nation. For example, see that bear in the photo? He's from the nonprofit organization Cubs for Coping - the group that is jumpstarting the Pay it Forward part of the trip.
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I've spent over 2,000 consecutive days talking about what makes me happy. Now I want to know what makes America happy.
It’s ambitious, but it’s also meaningful. The day we leave on the trip will be my 2,419th consecutive day of posting about joy. One dollar for every “Happiness is.” One dollar for every time I made a conscience effort to see beauty in the world.
What will it be spent on:
This fundraiser is on behalf of The Smile Project. The money is going straight to the nonprofit account. We will use the funds to facilitate Kindness projects around the country, whether that looks like writing letters to heart patients at a hospital or planting flowers at a community garden or simply buying someone’s coffee at a rest stop.
$10 - I will shout your name into the Grand Canyon in gratitude
$20 - a postcard from a surprise location & I’ll shout your name
$50 - a Smile Project t-shirt (limited sizes; first come first serve) & a postcard & I’ll shout your name
$100 - a Smile Project necklace (pictured) & a shirt & a postcard & ...
$200 - 2 smile project necklaces, 2 smile project shirts, 2 postcards, & I’ll even shout your name twice.
Bonus: the first person to give $80 will receive a postcard from every National Park we visit.