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December 11th, 2012


Sara Lahey



It’s that time of year – the season for giving and good cheer!  At the Hunting Happiness Project, volunteers are delivering the spirit of love alive all year ’round.

OAKLAND – In a city where random acts of violence are common, leaving lasting sadness in the communities of Oakland, Hunting Happiness Project founder and humanitarian, Sara Lahey intends to shower the community with random acts of – KINDNESS.

This Sunday, December 16th from 11am-2pm, during an otherwise typical Farmers Market, a team of volunteers will be delivering love and kindness to the community and visitors of Jack London Square.  Find their “Love’n Aid” stand with cheerful volunteers in signature shirts and Christmas hats ready to let you know how wonderful you are, give hugs, high fives, and give away gifts and services donated by local businesses.  It’s all done in the spirit of setting an example for a happier more peaceful world.

The project is entirely volunteer-based.  Gifts have been generously donated by businesses that have taken the opportunity to express their values and give back to the community. Volunteers from many walks of life have lined up to be a part of Sundays 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.

These Love’n Aid events are supporting individuals in need, creating opportunities for community members to come together and inspiring individuals to step up and participate in creating stronger, happier community culture.

Lahey says, “There are two kinds of sufferings. Suffering that is easy to see and suffering that isn’t as obvious.  We’re here to serve everyone!”  Earlier this year, Lahey was awarded Hero of Forgiveness by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance and 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 and is now raising funds for their first international tour through Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/LovenAidTour/x/1788913)

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 New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan 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

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 west coast.

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.