I Want to Get to Know You & Send Some Happy Mail!

Hi friends! Long time, no talk! I’ve been super active over on Instagram, but not so much here on the blog. I hope you’ll follow me there so we can stay in touch more frequently.

Onto the topic for the day! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get to know each one of you a little better and I came up with an idea!

8 months ago I started HappsterMail, a pen pal program where I match up two happy people to write notes back and forth to each other. I am currently on hiatus from matching up pen pals as I am focusing on other projects, but will resume that program again next year. I love seeing those how those friendships formed and I want to take it up a notch!

HappsterMail

Now onto my newest project: I want to send YOU some happy mail now. Not only do I want to spread the love, but I also want to get to you know you personally! I’m going to start with sending 10 people mail and see how it goes. If all goes well, I’ll do it again and again. If you want me to send you some HappsterMail, all you have to do it follow this link to fill out a 2 minute form about yourself. I’ll pick 10 of you to send mail to at random. This should be fun!!

HappsterMail

I’m no expert by any means, but I promise to make them with lots of love!

 Questions? Ask them in the comments below!

Fill out this form if you’d like me to send you some HappsterMail

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HappsterMail Pen Pal Update

Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a formal blog post, but I wanted to pop in to show you what’s been happening ever since I announced HappsterMail. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.

It’s been SO MUCH fun matching up pen pals. More people are wanting to be matched up each day and it makes me so happy to see! Here’s a peek at what some HappsterMail pen pals have been sending each other so far. Hopefully this will inspire you to write some snail mail to a friend or a pen pal!

If you want to sign up for the HappsterMail program, please click here. Heads up: It will take me a week or two to match you up!

  HappsterMail from Kylie to @tinymu

HappsterMail from Kylie to @tinymu

 

HappsterMail via @mselysse

HappsterMail via @mselysse

 

HappsterMail via @postcrossingnina

HappsterMail via @postcrossingnina

 

HappsterMail via @rosemarylynn

HappsterMail via @rosemarylynn

 

HappsterMail made by yours truly for @gyacoob

HappsterMail made by yours truly for @gyacoob

 

HappsterMail via @kimmibuimail

HappsterMail via @kimmibuimail

 

HappsterMail via @nan_ban!

HappsterMail via @nan_ban

 

HappsterMail via @dawnmaurice

HappsterMail via @dawnmaurice

 

HappsterMail via @squintpaperie

HappsterMail via @squintpaperie

 

Question of the day: When is the last time you wrote some snail mail and made someone’s day a little brighter? Let me know in the comments!

Introducing HappsterMail Pen Pals

Ever since I started the Happsters 2+ years ago, I’ve wanted a way to connect members of the community. I recently came up with an idea to create a way for you to meet other Happsters in the most fun way possible! It’s a pen pal program for happy people! Basically I am going to match up Happsters based on similar hobbies, ages, etc. so that you can exchange letters and happy mail just like good old-fashioned pen pals!

Snail Mail - PaperedThoughts

Photo via Papered Thoughts

I first came up with this idea when I saw @paperedthoughts on Instagram (see her pen pal mail above). She sends the cutest letters to people and uses hashtags like “#penpalswanted” and “#snailmailrevival”. I was blown away by how many people send these types of letters to pen pals all over the world. If you search “#snailmailrevolution”, it has over 100,000 photos tagged!

As you probably know, a large part of happiness comes from forming friendships and social connections. And what better way to do this than by connecting with the happiest people around the world through happy mail?

Announcing #HappsterMail. Here’s how it works:

1) Fill out the short survey here to tell me about yourself and what you’d like to find in a #HappsterMail pen pal.

2) Get matched with a #HappsterMail pen pal by me. I will email you both to let you know who it is. Isn’t the suspense killing you?!

3) Send your pen pal a letter filled with whatever you want inside. Suggestions include:

  • A nice note wishing them a great week
  • A long letter with fun facts about you and questions about your pen pal
  • It could include confetti
  • It could be decorated with doodles
  • Anything you want!

Share your mail by taking a picture and post it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HappsterMail so we can all see what you got (optional).

4) Keep sending letters back and forth for however long you want and make a friend for life. If you want another pen pal for some reason, just fill out the form again.

Click here to get your HappsterMail Pen Pal

I’ve already asked some of the Happsters in the community if they would like to join and gotten an overwhelmingly positive response, so I can’t wait to get this started!

This is a picture of my letter going out to my first #HappsterMail pen pal, Shelley.

HappsterMail

Here is more inspiration for your #HappsterMail that I found on Pinterest. P.S. These are just examples to get you thinking. Yours can be as simple or as elaborate as you want!!

Click here to get your HappsterMail Pen Pal

P.S. I started an Instagram account dedicated to this project. You can find it at @HappsterMail. If you use the hashtag #HappsterMail, I will feature you there!

5 Ways to Win the Holidays & say no to Stress

5 ways to win the holidays & say no to stressPhotography via Jack Bates

The holidays are the most magical time of the year and I don’t know about you, but December is my favorite month :). But with all of the holiday parties and present buying, sometimes stress creeps up on us unexpectedly. Here are 5 ways to win the holidays and beat holiday stress: Continue reading

How to Make a Happiness Jar

Happiness JarHave you ever heard of a happiness jar?  The concept behind it is that you write something that makes you happy on a piece of paper every day and put it into the jar. Whenever you need a pick-me-up, dig into your jar and read your happy thoughts! I initially wrote about happiness jars here.

While you can certainly have a happiness jar with any jar that you have in your home, I thought it would be fun to make one with a DIY colored mason jar. Here’s how I did it:

Happiness Jar

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Happiness Delivered to Your Door

Monthly delivery and subscription services have become much more popular in the last few years. You can pretty much get anything you want delivered to you with the click of a button. Some of them deliver necessities like tooth brushes and shampoo, while others deliver more fun and unusual products. Take a look at these 6 awesome delivery services:

1) Conscious Box – This monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products helps you discover everything from natural beauty products to health food and non-toxic home goods. Learn more about Conscious Box here: http://www.consciousbox.com/

2) The Secret Cookie Service – Dressed in suits and sunglasses, the San Diego based cookie team delivers freshly-baked, gourmet cookies right to your door in a briefcase. What’s happier than delicious, homemade cookies? They’ll even bring milk if you want it! Learn more about The Secret Cookie Service here: http://thesecretcookieservice.com/

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