Week #61 – Seven Weeks to Happyness: TAKE ACTION! (What coffee cups and Christmas trees taught me this week!)

Coffee & Christmas Trees (photo credit: Grace Church)

(photo credit: Grace Church)

Week #61 – Seven Weeks to Happyness: TAKE ACTION! (What coffee cups and Christmas trees taught me this week!)

There’s been a lot of discussion about coffee cups and Christmas trees in the news this week…which has me thinking about two things:

  1. Did you know that food banks really need coffee?  I talked a little about this during Week #22.  For families with limited resources, coffee is a huge budget-buster and an absolute luxury after meal basics and toiletries are covered.  One can of coffee goes a long way to bring warmth, comfort, and a feel of normalcy to adults at the head of those households!
  2. Can you imagine if everyone who complained about, commented on, or posted a picture about these issues TOOK ACTION and donated ONE can of coffee to their local shelter?  Can you imagine how many adult lives that would affect?  Maybe lives right in your own community?

This was all juxtaposed with Veteran’s Day this week — and I started thinking about people who are motivated to TAKE ACTION.  Three specific people in my Facebook feed came to mind — people I’ve witnessed take action to Spread Happyness for the benefit of others.

And then I thought: “Well hey, Grace…what are YOU going to do about it?!”

I immediately contacted each of the three to feature them and their efforts on this blog in the coming weeks.  I’m not sure how that will unfold or what I’m going to call it yet — but I know that I want to shine the light on people who take that step.  Who put Happyness into action for the benefit of others.

What about you?

Your Happyness Challenge for the week ahead: TAKE ACTION!  If you know someone who embodies Happyness in Action, who’s stepped up and Spread Happyness in the face of a challenge, or who’s taken that step beyond wishing or complaining and actually done something to benefit others — I want to hear from you!  You can email me directly at grace@spreadhappyness.com — or tell me about your nomination in the comments and I’ll contact you to find out more!

And what will I do?  I will honor every nomination, every celebration of another person’s effort, every spotlight shone on Happyness in Action — by donating one can of coffee to the local food bank (mine, yours, or wherever).

My brother Rob loved his morning coffee.  He even had a little 4-cup coffee maker with him for hospital stays — right up to the end.  He always said, if he made it through, he really wanted to help people.  He can’t…but we can!

Spread Happyness — TAKE ACTION!  Send me a nomination or celebrate someone else in the comments!!!

11/13/15 by Grace Church
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