This was the best day ever, there was even a student say an older man have tears in his eyes and a smile as he sat in his car as he read the signs and received a wave from her! Thank you for starting this project, it was worth every bit of it. It for sure made my heart full and that speaks a lot for being a school counselor!
The folks of this little Midwest town didn't know what hit them. At least four people tried to give me money. Two separate women were in tears. One drove around the town square three times and stopped at three different places to tell our folks that she had a very difficult night and that this helped her.
In a couple of the photos you will see a tiny baby being sprinkled--her father brought her over "to sprinkle you guys with this joy". As he was leaving, I gave him the "You ARE a Good Parent" and he had tears as he left.
This event was the happiest, most heart-centered day of my life thus far.
Our students are expelled from school districts, often partake in risky behaviors, have personal and family issues, live in group homes, are in foster care, have dropped out of high school and come back. But they are participating in the Happiness Sprinkling Project and feeling significant, worthy, proud, excited, privileged!
Today was the summit of several weeks of bad days and situations. I felt like my life was shattered and had no idea of how i would fix it. Then I saw your sign saying "It's Going to be Ok" and "You Rock!" and some of the team gave me a hug. As I wiped the tears from my face I couldn't help but feel this interaction was some kind of omen to help me at my weakest point.
Wow. The feedback after this event was incredible. Parent, neighbors, students, staff were all so overjoyed with our happiness sprinkling. The elementary school is already asking me how they can participate and our staff hopes to make this a yearly tradition. Thanks so much for the opportunity, it was truly a privilege to be part of this.
I am blown away. You have no idea how much the Happiness Sprinkling Project meant to my students. These are students that have not had much opportunity to give; in fact they require so much from others. But they took the concept to heart and will never forget the experience.
I met so many new people who stood with our signs, their lives changed as they grew comfortable "being" the channel for this love.
We may have just met that morning, and some of us may never meet up again but we will always have that beautiful thread.
Today I drove by the Sprinkling in Ventura. I was so sad as life can be tough sometimes. When I read the signs (Trust Yourself and Everything will be ok) I felt so much better. It made me so happy I parked my car and asked if I could hold a sign, they said yes. I called my family to come join. It was wonderful.
I had a parent who is struggling to keep her child from home and she told me that she saw the signs of hope in front of PDHS school and it gave her HOPE
It was every bit as amazing as we thought it would be - Rob, Preston UK
Today rates in the top 100 memorable days of my life - Les Conkle, Seattle, WA - age 88.
People driving by on their way home from work, focused on just getting where they're going. Suddenly they look up and notice these crazy people in loud yellow shirts cavorting on the busy sidewalk, shouting, yelling, holding up positive messages while grinning like fools. Who could help but smile? Young, old, male, female...so many people smiled at us, honked in wild support, and generally went on their way lighter in spirit. What a gift!
I know I said it a thousand times but permit to repeat myself: the experience was life changing for all those hearts that were involved. I had students, parents, grandparents, my principal, two representatives from Chino Unified School District and members of the community share good old fashioned love. We connected and felt it. Thank you again. I promise to keep Sprinkling!
Serious faces from all over the world turning to smiles, high fives, fist bumps, thumbs up, strangers asking for hugs and photo ops, horns honking, laughter, even the offer of a doughnut - something pretty magical about Happiness Sprinklings.
It was magical.
What a blast! And we had so much fun with immediate rewards of touching peoples lives. Lots of thumbs up, waving, horn beeping, cheering and a few tears.
A young man came up to me while I was holding the "Everything Is Going To Be All Right" Sign, and asked if he could take a picture with me and the sign. He said "I recently finished my cancer treatments and I'm cancer-free. I want to post this to all my friends and family who supported me."
It was an incredible experience. We laughed, we cried, we danced... WOW! I was holding a sign that read "It's Going To Be Okay" and a woman came up to me with tears in her eyes and said "thank you because I am so pissed right now." She then came back to take a picture of me because she didn't want to forget that it really is OK.
Still recovering from my Happiness Hangover, and already planning another Sprinkling. I think I may be an addict.
This was SO much fun today! Thank you for letting me join you. Was it okay that I talk to everyone? - Dottie LaMoreaux, Nipono, CA - age 85
I felt emotional holding signs of hope... it was a beautiful thing.
My daughter has some depression issues. She told me that it made her feel so good to get out and share these wonderful messages with other people. This is an amazing project and gift to the world!
I am recently divorced and my two daughters ages 8 and 11 needed this experience as much as I did. I really feel like it healed part of our hearts and soothed other parts of us that have been roughed up over the last 6 months. My daughters are my heart and this experience brought us even closer together.
We crashed the party...everyone was so happy my daughter and I walked up and said "we need a sign" and voila! It was a beautiful experience! This brought a different energy to the south side of Chicago. Some of my favorite moments: - The young girl around age 7 who read the sign saying YOU ARE LOVED and smiled so innocently, winked at me and walked away - The woman around mid 40s who solemnly said: "Thank you for your sign. It has really made a difference in my day," as she held back her tears. - People walking by who so genuinely said "Thank you. I love you." and continued their stride without missing a beat .
Today filled our souls with a glow that cannot be put into words!There was a bonding moment between myself and a passenger in a car when I noticed that she saw me and the sign and she had began crying. This was perfect for my social anxiety. I got to interact with people without interacting with people.
When I was holding the "Life is Good" Sign, a man around 30 years old smiled and came up to me and asked to take a picture with me. He showed me his arm and he had a tattoo that said Life is Good. His father had just died 6 months ago, and he was having a tough time dealing with it. He got the tattoo to help him cope with his father's death. He told me that it was his birthday and seeing me hold that sign was a message from his father telling him to have a happy birthday!!
We gave a little girl a balloon, and bubbles and she was so excited she said "this is the greatest day of my life."
Anacortes Center for Happiness 619 Commercial Avenue The Ballroom (55 steps up) Anacortes, WA 98221 360.464.2229