In 1999, Happiness Happens Day observed first time, when the Secret Society of Happy People declared 8 August to be Admit You’re Happy Day. Though the day’s name has changed since it first began, the holiday’s mission remains the same: It’s a day dedicated to happiness and to the optimism that can make it happen.

The Secret Society of Happy People believes happiness is contagious, so all happy people should share their joy. Others should listen to their cheery news and be careful not to say anything negative. According to the society’s Web site, these are goals for the day that you should also strive for throughout August:

  • Recognize and express happiness.
  • Listen to others talk about happiness.
  • Don’t rain on other people’s parades.

8 August Happiness Happens Day