FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20th, 2012
HAPPINESS PIONEER BECOMES FORGIVENESS HERO
Founder of the Hunting Happiness Project honored as a Hero of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance for her extraordinary acts of forgiveness and work in fostering global happiness.
SAN RAFAEL – East Bay native and Marin County 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.
Lahey is one of 5 being honored as a Hero of Forgiveness at the International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 5th, marking the 16th annual Forgiveness Day. The ceremony will commence at Dominican University in San Rafael at 7pm.
Lahey is being acknowledged for turning around a heart breaking childhood and becoming a dedicated pioneer in creating positive change in the world. “I never wanted to be identified as an abused child. I wanted people to see me for who I am, not where I came from. But I know that where I came from created who I am. I’m just beginning to share that story as a demonstration that we all have the power to create our own happy endings.”
Lahey recently presented at TEDx on the topic of ‘The Art and Science of Happiness’. The event took place at Yale University on April 28th, 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, former advisor to the King of Bhutan and others.
“From time to time, people ask me how I keep smiling and seem so happy. The truth is – it’s my sadness that keeps me smiling and motivated to love better and better each day. I like to say I owe all my sunshine to my cloudy days. I smile, because I want to share sunshine.”
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 project is entirely volunteer-based.
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.
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.