The HappyHap Project

We blog about projects that amaze us and share the "HappyHap spirit"; i.e. spread happiness and make a positive difference in the world. We also post videos that are likely to make you smile and once in a while a mindful quote. It's a constantly evolving wall of inspiration and a tool-kit to make happiness happen everywhere!


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The future will ask you two questions. Watch this beautiful video to find out which ones and enjoy the scenery filmed during a 5 week trip through Chile and Patagonia. It was filmed by a couple during their trip of a lifetime.

Mr. Happy Man, Documentary About A Man on a Mission to Spread Happiness One Motorist at a Time. Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens. 


The thought behind Valentine’s Day is a beautiful one: to show those dear to your heart just how much you love them. But for some, the day of universal love is overshadowed by loneliness. That’s why The HappyHap Project is reporting today about “The World needs More Love Letters,” an initiative by Hannah K. Brencher who started writing love letters to strangers on her morning commute to work, when she looked around the train and realized she wasn’t the only one who could use a boost. 

After planting 400 love letters all over New York City, she extended the offer of love letters out into the web at and began writing love letters to people she will probably never meet.

Today, her project has flourished into a community of “love letter writers” who are on a mission to spread more love into a world that so desperately needs it. According to their website, they write and leave letters across the map in hopes that the right people will pick them up.

Be Inspired And…

  • Become part of the love letter writing community by signing up to receive one monthly love letter writing request.
  • Write a love letter, leave it in a public space, snap a photo and get featured on the MoreLoveLetters blog.
  • Request a love letter for someone who needs it by filling in this form

By Sunnie

A film about taking a moment to consider the simpler things in life. 200 people were asked one simple question and this film is just some of the most honest answers.
Filmed at numerous locations around Ireland over summer ‘09.


Watch arriving passengers be given a welcome home to remember at Heathrow Terminal 5! 


The SF Mirrors Project is an upcoming public art installation with a simple purpose at it’s core – to spread messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope submitted from people all over the world to the streets of San Francisco.  

Akin Bilgic, the artist behind the SF Mirror project, explains that he conceived the project because “It’s my hope that the people who walk past these mirrors in the following days will stop, take a moment to look at themselves, read the messages, and walk away feeling inspired, confident, and happier, which in-turn hopefully gets spread to others they interact with.”

Be Inspired And…

  • Spread your own message of happiness and post it on  
  • Follow the SF Mirror project on their blog 

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

Good Morning, Life!


Can art change the world? Last March JR, the internationally active French street artist, was awarded the TED Prize and as part of the award ceremony shared an audacious wish with the public: “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

Since then, he’s launched the INSIDEOUT Project, a global art project coordinated through a website on which anyone can upload a digital image of himself, tell the world about what he stands for and have his portrait made into a large-scale black and white poster. This poster is printed and sent back to you and can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium.

A recent, great example of how INSIDEOUT is making a positive difference is the transformative group action that recently took place in Cape Town, South Africa. High school students from Hangberg’s Cape Coloured community were paired with learners from the Imizamo Yethu’s Xhosa (Black African) community. Although they attend the same school and their communities are neighboring, racism between the two sides is rampant. Instructed by the notable South African photographers Hasan and Husain, they took each other’s portraits to participate in the INSIDEOUT Project. The week leading up to Mandela Day, they posted their portraits on each others’ homes and in each others’ communities to showcase the beauty and shared values they found in their new friends. In addition, large-scale versions of the portraits were created by JR and pasted throughout various communities in Cape Town. 

So, can art change the world? As the South African example suggests, it can definitely make a positive difference. Whether this positive difference is enough to change the whole world is a question I think everybody needs to answer for himself. The artist himself says: “I am not trying to change the world, but when I see a smile up there in the Favelas or down there in Cambodia, in a way I feel like I’ve achieved my goal.”

(Watch the whole interview)

Be Inspired And…

  • Participate in INSIDEOUT! Upload a portrait. Receive a poster. Paste it for the world to see. 
  • Donate a wall to the project.


After covering The HappyPost Project and its recent post-it installation in Tokyo, I stumbled over another amazing art project that uses post-it notes! The stop-motion animation in the video was created using 350’000 Post-it notes on the facade of the Galeria Melissa (an eco-friendly shoe store), in São Paulo, Brazil, to launch the Melissa Power of Love spring/summer 2012 collection.Twenty-five animators worked for 5 months to create this piece, that more than just a beautiful short film (created by Casa Darwin) documented a surprise: more than 30’000 spontaneous love messages left by Melissa fans and visitors. That’s the power of love that Melissa creates. 

Be Inspired And…

  • Use a post-it note to leave a message of love for someone you care about.
  • Check out “Positive Post-its <3”, a project that encourages you to “write/draw something positive / hopeful / funny / uplifting / thoughtful / philosophical etc. onto your favorite shade of post-it and leave it somewhere for somebody else to come across and read - but be careful never to reveal yourself.” Give it a shot! 

An awesome episode of TEDify, a TED-based quest for the most sought-after piece of existential human truth, that most fundamental question: What makes us happy?

Turns out, happiness can be synthesized, but it requires that you unearth all the right elements to ignite the reaction. And we happen to think TED is the 

Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity. The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. There always is the potential to create an environment of blame — or one that is conducive to loving-kindness.

Pema Chodron


What if one million people from all over the world celebrated happiness on the same day? What would be the impact of such a strongly shared global intention? 

In 2009 Liberto Pereda of Portugal founded the International Happiness Day initiative in the belief that “Intention Creates Outcome.” According to the website, the original goal was to collect 50 million signatures before 2011 in order to achieve that the UN declares July 10th as the International Happiness Day. While it seems that this goal hasn’t been reached yet, the more important aspect of the project is its underlying vision; namely to mark July 10th in your calendar as an occasion to practice gratitude, love, optimism and forgiveness.

Be Inspired And…

Take a moment out of your day this Sunday to spread happiness among your loved ones at home as well as internationally! Participate! Post a message of joy on

We’ll be reposting the most inspiring happyhap notes to our facebook feed throughout Sunday! Make a difference, spread a smile…worldwide!

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