‘If you're happy and you know it,

share your happy thought.

If not, use this list

to help you through...’

So began the Happiness Board.  It was October of my second year at Michigan State (1993), and things were not going particularly well on the floor in Mason Hall.  Many people were upset and unhappy, and frustration was high.  So, one day I contact-papered three sheets of dot-matrix printer paper on the outside of my door, with the above quote at the top of the sheets.  Almost as skeptical as some of my friends as to how this would be received, I was pleasantly surprised when people started putting up thoughts which made them happy.  When the board filled up, I simply copied the list down on my computer, printed up the list, put the printed list up on my door, and erased the board to begin anew.

So here they are -- three years worth of happy thoughts.  Be aware that some of the happy thoughts are inside jokes, and will only be understood by the people on the floor.  (In fact, I still don't know the story behind some of the happy thoughts!)  But feel free to look through them, as well as the Internet Happiness Board, which slowly continues to grow as people e-mail me their happy thoughts.  (Would you like to add one of your own? . . .)


        “(Happiness)” is a song with lyrics drawn from The Happiness Board.  You can hear the song here . . .

        George Plimpton featured the Happiness Board in a Forbes Magazine article back in December of 2001!    

            You can check out the article online here . . .

Add your own happy thought!  Click here!!!

(If you like this idea, and want to link to this page from your own web pages,

please feel free to download the logo to use as a button.  And thanks!)

• Sunsets   • Friends   • Hershey's Kisses (and Hugs)   • Indian Summer   • Sleep   • When you get to play in the mud   • Daydreaming

• A warm smile and a soft laugh   • Warm autumn days and hot chocolate with someone you care about   • Smiles   • Fridays   • Hugs

• Songs which bring up past memories   • Smooches   • Déjà vu   • Leaf fight!!!   • Miniature Golf   • Rainbows   • Candy   • Ice cream

• Staying up all night to finish my homework so I don't have to do it Saturday   • A sky with millions of stars   • Violins   • True Love

• Deep dreaming   • Unwarranted gratitude   • Caffeine   • Free pizza   • The smell after it rains   • Déjà vu   • An unexpected surprise

• Winter nights full of stars when you can see your breath rise   • Huge bear hugs   • Jumping   • Falling asleep in a sunbeam   • Music