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August 16th, 2012


Sara Lahey




It’s not lemonade, it’s LOVE and AID!  Volunteers stand ready to let you know how wonderful you are, give hugs, high fives, and give away gifts in the spirit of setting an example for a happier more peaceful world.

ASHLAND – The Hunting Happiness Project has paired up with a couple of Oregon natives to deliver random acts of kindness to the community and visitors of Ashland this Saturday, August  18th at the entrance of Lithia from 3:00pm – 7:00pm.  Find smiling volunteers in signature shirts and their stand on the grass near the bottom of the Shakespeare Theater.

California resident, Sara Lahey founded the Hunting Happiness Project in 2010 and is celebrated for inspiring happiness and acts of kindness among the communities of the greater San Francisco bay area and around the world.  When Syska and Kaivalya Chotard heard about Lahey’s Love’n Aid stands, they knew it was a calling to serve a message that was dear to them.  Recently married, the couple agree, this is how they want to spend their first year of marriage, sharing the message of love and kindness around the globe.  The two intend to participate in Love’n Aid stands around the globe, as it tours internationally.  Ashland was a suggestion encouraged by the couple.  It will be their first time volunteering at a Love’n Aid event.  Syska says “we all need love and the stand helps provide it.  I’m excited to be a participant in the Ashland Love’n Aid stand.  I find that giving simply to give, without waiting for anything in return is an amazing concept – being able to receive without expectations is very heart warming.”

Syska’s new groom, Kaivalya says, “I look forward to seeing more Love and social aid being spread between all people in this world and the Love’n Aid stand does just that!  I’m really looking forward to being part of the team.  I grew up with the saying: “Live the life you love and love the life you live”. Let’s put the words into daily practice and continue to make the world a better place!”

Gifts have been generously donated by businesses that have taken the opportunity to express their values and give back to the community. The project is entirely volunteer-based.  Volunteers from many walks of life have lined up to be a part of Saturdays event. Volunteers are on call to help people get the aid they may need: homeless shelters, food banks, and employment assistance as well as delivering fun and smiles.

Lahey says, “There are two kinds of sufferings. Ones that are easy to see and ones that aren’t as obvious.  We’re here to serve both and love and appreciate everyone!”  Earlier this month, Lahey was awarded Hero of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance.   She also recently presented at TEDx on the topic of ‘The Art and Science of Happiness’ at Yale University, where she shared the stage with fellow happiness experts including Gretchen Rubin, author of the best selling book The Happiness Project, MIT professor Rosalind Picard, advisor to the King of Bhutan and others. For more information: www.tedxnewhaven.com

Sara says she only hopes that people “will remember what it feels like and give back to someone else.”  She calls her mission “A World Happiness Movement.”

About The Hunting Happiness Project

From a desire to bring profound healing to the world, Sara Lahey founded the Hunting Happiness Project in 2010.


The organization has established a number of initiatives, which include short films intended to inspire and world famous Love’n Aid stands, which are modeled after a child’s lemonade stand, but instead of lemonade are serving refreshing doses of Love and Aid for people in need.

Lahey’s signature “Love’n Aid” stands are known for encouraging people to engage in acts of kindness.  A popular menu item is writing and receiving anonymous letters of friendship.


The Hunting Happiness Project’s Love’n Aid stand was selected to participate in the 2011 Pepsi Challenge, where the Hunting Happiness Project began their “vote for love” campaign.  Love’n Aid has been seen on Kickstarter and shared on NPR.


A recent film project “The Magic of Happiness” with interviews of magicians and their ideas on the topic of happiness will become available soon.  The Love’n Aid stand will be touring Australia in January of 2013.


This inspirational initiative is contributing to a kinder, happier, and more peaceful world.

About TEDx

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission: “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at more local levels.

TED’s celebrated format is a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder — and to provoke conversations that matter.


TEDx events are meant to spark deep conversation and connections.  TED is also known for bias-free programming, lacking of any commercial, religious or political agenda.


About Sara Lahey

Sharp, funny, and vivacious, Sara Lahey won’t give up until she puts a smile on your face.  Since founding the Hunting Happiness Project in 2010, she has pioneered what she calls a “World Happiness Movement.”


Sara’s aspiration to create happiness started with childhood reflections on the human condition.


Sara studied nursing and political science before discovering her true calling in fostering global happiness.


Lahey recently presented at TEDx on the topic of ‘The Art and Science of Happiness’ at Yale University. She shared the stage with fellow happiness experts including Gretchen Rubin, author of the best selling book The Happiness Project, MIT professor Rosalind Picard, advisor to the King of Bhutan and others.

Lahey was also one of four people honored this year by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance as a “Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace.” This award is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.