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August is Happiness Happens Month!

The Happiness Happens Month Logo from the Society of Happy People. features a cartoon sun and clouds with smiley faces, inside a colorful circle.

JAMESBURG, NJ – JULY 29, 2019–This August marks the 20th anniversary of the Society of Happy People’s annual Happiness Happens Month, recognizing two decades of contagious smiles that reduce stress, build relationships and enhance personal interaction. Noreen Braman, of The Smile Side of Life Laughter & Happiness Club is proud to announce, as part of the Society of Happy People’s celebratory, Smile Starter Awards program, that she will be presenting awards to individuals, organizations, community helpers and others during August.

What is Happiness Happens Month, and the Smile Starter Awards?

“This year’s celebration is particularly timely given the recently released Gallup 2019 World Happiness Report that rated the United States as No. 19, its worst ranking since the survey began in 2012,” explained Pamela Gail Johnson, founder of the Society of Happy People who has studied happiness for the past 20 years. “Happiness is a mindset and a way of life, and it’s more important than ever for people to recognize their happy moments and celebrate being happy..."

Braman, who, as a certified Laughter Wellness Instructor and member of the Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor, has also been studying happiness and following the Gallup report for many years, is participating in SOHP's celebratory "Smile Starters Award" program during Happiness Happens Month. The recognition of the start of this annual tradition in 1999 was lauded by many state governors, including New Jersey’s Christine Todd Whitman.

She will be recognizing individuals, organizations, and others in the Middlesex County, New Jersey area with a Smile Starter award. "This is a perfect way to show the importance of Living on the Smile Side of Life, because it helps build up your humor reserve for when things are not so funny! To nominate a person or organization for a Smile Starter Award, see and send an email!

More information about Happiness Happens Month and the Society of Happy People can be found here:

More information about the Smile Side of Life Laughter & Happiness Club and how to nominate someone for a Smile Starter Award can be found here:


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