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Living Simple: The Happiness Happens Project

Updated on August 9, 2012
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3 of the 9 Nanas
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About a month ago I wrote an article about nine amazing women (The 9 Nanas) who I had read about online. These women had been doing acts of kindness for the less-fortunate in Memphis, Tennessee for 35 years and their story is the stuff of inspiration and legend. To date they have donated over $900,000 in goods and money, and until recently they had done it anonymously. They have done these remarkable things because they wanted to bring a ray of happiness into the lives of those less-fortunate.

For the past few years they have designated August as “Happiness Happens Month,” and they have called on others to give unselfishly to those who have little. In other words, they are asking others to do random acts of kindness for people who are in need.

I was touched by these women, not only because of their giving spirit, but because they chose to remain anonymous throughout the years. For them, notoriety was not important; for them, the simple act of giving was all the thanks they needed.

WHAT CAN I DO?

I have heard it said over the years that the best way to forget about your own problems is to do something for someone else. For this writer, life is extremely good. I really am lacking in nothing. I have shelter, food, a few creature comforts, and all the love a man could ever ask for. True, I have very little money, but happiness does not have a dollar sign in front of it. In the past I measured happiness by the amount of money I made and the possessions I owned, and my rewards for those efforts were alcoholism and unhappiness. Those days are gone!

So no, I have no money to give to those in need, but that does not mean I cannot give gifts of a different nature.

I can smile at those I see on the street. Is there a value on a friendly smile?

I can help those around me when they need a helping hand. Is there a value on helping others?

I can volunteer at a local community effort like the Food Bank. Is there a value on charitable works?

I can continue to be the voice for those who have no voice. Is there a value on raising awareness?

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

That really is your decision! For me to guide someone else through the process of helping others seems a bit silly. We all have the ability to help; the only thing needed is willingness. I could make a long list of suggested actions but that would be treating you all like you have no brain. There are people around us daily who are in desperate need of kindness.

I doubt it is necessary to point out that these are tough times. The economy is still in the tank, and despite words of encouragement from our government, times will most likely remain tough for quite a few months to come. Jobs have been lost. Homes have been foreclosed. The bill collectors are howling at the door and food and gas prices seem to have no upper limit. Who are we to turn to?

The government? I’m sorry, but that is a fool’s dream! No immediate help will be found on Pennsylvania Avenue, so where else do we find assistance? Who else do we turn to for a smile, a helping hand, a few words of encouragement?

Family for sure, provided your family isn’t dysfunctional and incapable of helping, and we can also turn to each other.

BECOME A COMMUNITY

I fear I’m going to beat this dog to death, but I’m of the belief that communities need to band together during tough times.

I am reminded of stories my parents told me about growing up during the Great Depression. Neighbors helped each other during those dark years. It seemed to be instinctually understood that the neighborhood had to band together in order to survive. Gardens were grown, food was shared, projects were done as a team, each neighbor working in tandem with other neighbors to survive and eventually thrive.

I grew up with those lessons and values instilled in me. The neighborhood of my youth was similar to the one my parents grew up in. Neighbors watched out for each other. If there was a problem for one there was a problem for all. Children knew they were safe when they went out to play because they had their “extended family” watching out for them. If someone was injured then the neighbors took over those chores and provided food for the stricken friend. There was no shirking from community responsibility and in truth no one in our neighborhood even felt a responsibility…it was just something neighbors did for each other.

I see this as the only solution for today’s ills. We need to join together and form safe and helpful areas. We start small, then grow, and grow, until we have re-established some old-fashioned values. The alternative is to continue what we have been doing for years now, to pull up the drawbridge around our own homes and become an island of delusional safety.

YES, THERE ARE PROBLEMS FOR SURE

I have friends on HubPages who have been out of work for two years. Two years! I have friends in my home town who are out of work and scrambling to find money for food. I have friends who wake up each day and go to bed each night worrying about how to provide for their families. I have no doubt that each one of you reading knows similar people with similar stories of struggle.

So don’t you think it is about time we reach out and lend a hand? Don’t you think it is about time we show some friendship to those who dearly need it?

Let August be the time when we start to join together. Do a random act of kindness for someone, and then do another, and another. Smile more, help often, and bring some happiness into the lives of others.

In other words, become more human!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

To read about the 9 Nanas see the following:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/The-Human-Experience-The-9-Nanas

To purchase any of my books on Kindle, go to:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=William%20D.%20Holland

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Back at you Billy! Human and humanity will keep together some sanity. We do our best, and we are willing to help in any matter. You always trying to squeeze the kind words into our stubborn mind. Being kind enough to start the day with a positive mind will make wonders. So many friends lost their jobs, and they need a lending hand. The suggestion you make might sound cliche, but is practical and can bring a little of humanity... back to this Country. Thanks Billy!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, this spoke to me on so many different levels. The first and foremost is that I have been out of work myself for over 2 years due to this lackluster economy. My first job nowadays is tending to my 2 wonderful and beautiful little girls, but the lack of an income on my part does get to my husband and myself at times, especially when the bills need to be paid. Kevin makes a good living, but for 4 people to live on it means we have to make sacrifices and trust me I have done with so much less in recent times. I very much agree with your sentiment of your article to be kind to others and try to smile more. This is truly how I try to live my live 365 days of the year, because even though other things are out of my hands I can at least control this. Voted and shared too!!

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Awesomeness from Billy, as always. Simple truths are often the best and the little things done to support and encourage others mean the most. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, thank you my friend! I know that you get it....now to spread the message!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, there is no doubt you understand the message of this hub! You have such an uplifting message of love to give to others. I have always been drawn to people with positive messages and those who live the message. You are one of those people. Thank you my friend and my best to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenn, thank you my friend....I love seeing your face pop up with the comments...something about that smile. :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill...Whenever I "think" I may doing enough to GIVE of myself, or to charities, random acts of kindness, hold out a helping hand......I realize none of us can really do "enough" for one another. It's a simple fact.

      This hub is a wonderful inspiration and reminder to us all. Thank you so much, Sir Bill!!! UP++++

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we should always be ready to pay things forward, and it will be less painful to do so if everyone was like the 9 Nanas and gave unconditionally.

      Well said, Bill, as usual and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sir Bill???? Paula, I'll always just be your playful pain in the ass! LOL

      Nope, I can never really do enough....but....we can only do so much, and then we need to find that balance for ourselves. Hey, you have that beautiful creek to visit....I have a view of my neighbor and his butt crack when he's gardening. God help me!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for joining me Michele; much appreciated.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      ROFLMAO!!!! OMG.....don't we ALL have at least one neighbor or friend that we want so much to buy a PAIR OF SUSPENDERS FOR??? hahahahahahahah........OH, Thanks for my aerobics today!!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Count me in billy! I am never happier than when I give a little kindness to someone else. Even a smile or warm hug is a win-win. As the giver I feel as good as the person getting. It just doesn't get any better.

      A very inspirational hub my friend. You are inspiring through and through!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I knew you would appreciate that...the guy is disgusting!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, it is so true! I always feel good when I give...and it is so simple to do, I wonder why more people don't try it. It's like a free therapy session for me. :) Thank you kind lady!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      beautiful hub, bill.

      must admit...when down and dejected...I prefer to stop by your profile. Such a happening profile and full of life and encouraging words...jai ho to you!

      i feel that humans are responsible adults and know their duties but, sadly the competition in the world and around them makes it their priority and thus, they tend to take the community and neighborhood for granted. Lately, we have had many thefts/breakin's in our neighborhood. The whole neighborhood has been on a watch out and want to take turns to do something for their community but, alas the deadlines to meet at work and the pressure to be at work 'cause of the economy etc makes people wanna make that their priority. Alas! man has expanded his horizons to such a wide extent that he gotta sacrifice his family/community for it.

      many votes indeed!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, you just said it perfectly...."man has expanded his horizons to such a wide extend that he gotta sacrifice his family/community for it." Beautiful explanation of what we are seeing around us daily.

      I'm glad you stopped by my friend, and if my writing helps you in any way then I am grateful. Thank you Ruchira!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a marvelous idea! I am a firm believer that these random acts of kindness can do so much to improve our lives as human beings. Negative energy has a snowball effect and positive energy could have the same. I don't think any positive action is wasted energy. We may not see our results, but they do unfold somewhere. I am definatley going to participate.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I had no doubt you would participate. You have been a positive force in my life here for seven months. You stated it all as well as I could; glad to have you on board my friend, and thank you!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, I always look forward to read your hubs. What I love in you is your optimism. Thanks for this inspiring hub.

      Lots of love from Nepal

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, that is very kind of you. It took me a long time to reach this spot in my life where I see optimism...but now that I am here I want everyone to know the joy of life.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      AWESOME!!! Voted Up and Shared!!! (By the way I always do that with your Hubs, however never wrote it in comments...I am still learning...lol)

      I am truly inspired by those women!!! Absolutely Amazing!!!

      And I am also amazed how you help others as well without wanting something in return...you are always willing to help those in need and give voice to those that cannot speak for themselves, you share stories of inspiration and all with personal experience as well with a huge element of human compassion!!!

      I don't have money to give, but I do volunteer as a teacher's aide at my children's schools when I am needed and I do tutor for free for those that need the help. I do knit and crochet as a hobby and do donate my creations to those in need...but wish I could do more.

      AWESOME JOB!!!!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Sharing a smile or a positive statement is priceless. Just one smile, just one "Your Awesome" can turn rain to sunshine!

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Love your message billybuc, straight from the heart. I think you are brave to put yourself on 'camera' this way, but you've got to give that cat a cameo!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      Beautiful message buddy! Although happiness month is August, it is obviously and should be the whole year, 365 days! What we have is not our own. I always am looking for ways to give to others, because life is not about me. I want it to be sometimes, but that is the selfishness trying to over take me. "My evil conscience" Thanks for the reminder, you are truly an inspiring and compassionate person. And above all,a role model in my life. Thanks uncle Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, you are a brother in spirit! Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Snakeslane....LOL....Lucy wanted to be in the film, and what Lucy wants, Lucy gets! Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, I'm just giving back that which was given to me freely. I am sure you understand that statement. Thanks Nephew and keep on doing what you are doing.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy because of your wonderful hubs and Lord De Cross and Faith Reaper.. you all bring happiness in my life.. thank you for always thinking of others.. God Bless you

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty, you do what you can do, and you are an inspiration for others. i firmly believe that in giving we demonstrate our highest calling as humans. If we can just get out of ourselves and see the bigger picture, then we will have a better world. Bravo to you and thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I wouldn't even be here if it were not for the generosity of others. Thank you for the beauty you bring into this world through your words and kind spirit.

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      Bill, I will my best at spreading the word and doing an act of kindness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, you are not a person I worry about regarding doing kind acts...I have no doubt that you do them daily.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Another awesome hub! Just this morning I was thinking of a random act of kindness from a total stranger. I had just been through a major surgery and had discovered I had cancer. I was waiting in the hospital to get a blood test. I lost ten pounds from the surgery and stress and was emotionally and physically exhausted. I was told to take a number. After waiting a very long time my husband asked the receptionist if there was any way I could go next so I could get home and rest. The receptionist said absolutely not...I had to wait for my number to be called. A sympathetic woman heard this and told me I could have her number and go next but the receptionist said no. I then saw this kind quiet woman storm up to the receptionist and argue vehemently that she wanted me to go before her. Apparently she won and I was called next and was able to go home and collapse into bed. I thanked this kind woman on my way out but she seemed awkward as if she didn't need my thank you. She will never know how much that act of kindness meant to me and my husband. This was an act of kindness that didn't cost a penny.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Helping others does not cost Anything but Your Time...This is truly an Upbeat and Wonderful read Bill...Inspiration at it's Best! And, a great, gentle reminder to us all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on "Happiness Happens Project"!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, my pleasure! The thing is, I think I'm preaching to the choir! :) I know I am with you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      healthylife, what a great comment! Isn't that amazing? A simple act of humanity and it means so much. Thank you for sharing that; you just renewed my faith in mankind. :)

      I hope you are well now from the cancer; I wonder if you have written about that experience. I will go look now!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful article and suggestions, Bill. Just a smile is all it takes to make someone's day. We can all do that and it costs nothing. Communities coming together and helping one another is the solution to some of our problems. We need to stop building gated communities that give off the delusion of safety as you say. We need to practice inclusion more than exclusion. Our society keeps fencing others out instead of accepting and including others. Thanks for an inspirational article and telling us about the Nine Nanas. Great work! Voted up!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Billybuc! If more of us got involved and helped one another, there would be a lot more happiness and a little less crying.

      I pledge to do a kind act everyday this month and to continue onward, even if it is as simple as saying hello with a smile or buying a stranger lunch.

      Great hub!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Great story about the 9 women, and you're right - we're on hard times now, and need to focus on what we can do for those around us that are having a hard time.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your story should enlighten all who read to do something for someone in need. I live in a small town, we have a place called The Helping Hand. This is where i give, anything and everything is given. The items are placed in a large building that is never locked, you take what you want to give, there is no one on duty. The needy go there and get what they need. I have been sharing my tomatoes and peppers all summer, and your statement, " It makes you feel good to give "Is true. I admire the nine women. Thank you for writing about them..Cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love your town! How cool is that? The Helping Hand....what a great concept! Thank you for sharing that with everyone, and thank you for being the person that you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, thank you for that and you are so right.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dexter, I have no doubt that you will follow through...maybe we can cry a little less in a few months. Thank you my friend! You are quality people!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I love your comment...the gated communities definitely send a message, don't they? Not a good message but a message nonetheless. Thank you for that great comment.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Amen, my friend. And why should we sequester random acts of kindness to August? Keep the momentum going. Make it a part of life. We'll feel better, we'll do better and we'll make someone else's life better. Make it a lifestyle. Make it a part of who we are. The seven billion plus of us sharing this planet, will make it a better place!

      Let's all put on our rose-colored glasses and create rainbows across the globe!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, if we just look around right where we are, God will open our eyes to what He would like for us to see. The Holy Spirit convicted me one day, about five years ago, when I saw a homeless man standing on the busiest corner downtown in the 100 degree heat, wearing layers upon layers of clothing. I was so infuriated that I was asking God, "Doesn't anyone see him? Where are all the Christians?" And then as I turned the corner and drove past the homeless man, the Holy Spirit quietly whispered in my ear, "What about you?" Huh, what, who, me! Yep, and the very next week I started my own personal ministry to the homeless in downtown, right around the building in which I work. It was nothing to be afraid of, as I knew the Lord would protect me, and there was nothing hard about it. I just had water bottles, protein bars, scripture on small pieces of paper and maps to the three homeless shelters in town, and I placed all of these items in brown paper bags, with a cross I had drawn on one side (pretty elementary), and scripture on the other. Every single time, I went up to a downtrodden person or a homeless person, and handed he or she the bag, I told them that the Lord wanted me to tell them that He loved them, and for me to give them that bag, and they all said, "God bless you and smiled." You can do it. Just open your eyes and the Lord will reveal to you what He wants you to see and He will guide you. God bless you, billy. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Very wise Bill. I would like to know why you are not on daytime tv with your own show yet? To be honest, we can do a lot. Those of us that do help, we could help more. When it comes to giving, many automatically think of money. Your right, there is so much more we can do. Love this story and kudos to these 9 beautiful caring women. Wow, what a difference they have made!! Sharing this on twitter Bill. Keep doing you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love you! Great attitude and you are right of course; this should never be limited to August. It should be something we do naturally on a daily basis....but I'll settle for August as a starting point.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I would have a hard time adding to that; what you did is in each of us. We simply have to open our hearts and be willing to see beyond our own concerns. It has to start somewhere and that place is in ourselves. God bless you my friend and peace to you always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric my friend, I will keep doing me; I don't know any other way to do it. :) Thank you for the great comment. As for my own television show, you would have to ask the networks about that. I'm just a guy who has some opinions and I'm trying to reach as many people as possible.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Happiness Happens...it's a great tag line and we're all gonna follow you to the land of happiness! :)

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      pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Truly amazing women, truly amazing project. If there were more happiness happens communities our world would be so better for it! I love how you were brought up in a sharing community. It is much like our own and it is an awesome feeling to know your children will always be safe and someone will always be there if you physically cannot be. Beautiful hub!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another beautiful and inspirational hub, Bill. Every month should be Happiness Happens month, but it's good that we have a goal for August. I love your comment that giving is "like a free therapy session" for you. I know the feeling!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I have lots of room on the Happy Bus! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Penny, it is a great feeling; I didn't realize how lucky I was until years later...then I started looking around at other neighborhoods and the realization hit me.

      Thank you for stopping by again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I'm sure you do! Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome and beautiful as always Bill. And very much true. On doesn't have to have money to show kindness and compassion. Those good old days are passe now it seems, when the whole neighbourhood was one big family. But with people like you buddy, giving a shout out to being human, things will change. We need to have more of the likes of you my friend.

      Up, awesome and beautiful. Sharing it.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It's a worthy cause and one that I am looking forward to being a part of this August. Keep up the great work of pulling us all together to help make a difference. You are a true Knight in Armor!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I'm afraid, except for my writing, I am out of action. too bad my real power was a hand shake and eye contact.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is great, Bill. I should try to do more of this in August, as it could help me get past my own memories. August was the month of death foreshadowed when my boyfriend's beloved sweet dog died, and then 6 days later the shocking death of my nephew. Maybe I should use this month to give to others to bring joy to them and my soul as well. Thank you for writing this. You do so much good.

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      goego 4 years ago from Loserland

      Nice job bill, to hell with money and booze

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I love hearing the story about the Happiness Happens Project by those wonderful women in Memphis. We hear so much bad news anymore and there are so many good people out there helping people not expecting any praise. Is costs so little to help people out, mostly just time. My church has some really good projects that I am love. I am glad you wrote this awesome hub as it is a great reminder of how spending a little of your time can make such a a big difference in someone else's life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you for your kind words. I don't know how much change I can bring about, but this stuff is important and at least I can raise awareness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, my armor is rusting, so I need to get as much done quickly as possible. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mhatter, your writing is powerful enough. Keep doing what you are doing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, thank you, and I'm sorry for your loss. Try the happiness thing; giving to others is a great remedy for grief.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      goego, definitely to hell with booze for this boy. I could use just a little bit more money. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, there is no doubt in my mind that you practice what you preach. Thank you for being a guiding light for all other Hubbers starting out. I appreciate you.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi billybuc,

      It is said that when you focus on others' problems more severe than yours, your own problems become very trivial. But human nature is to blow issues out of proportions that we don't have enough time to be good to others, let alone give unconditional love and help. Kudos to those lovely ladies who seem to me to be heavenly beings.

      There couldn't have been a better ending to this lovely hub than asking people to become human! Yes, this is the need of the hour and reaching out to people who deserve help is important. I pledge my devotion to this noble cause and promise to do all that I can to help those in need.

      Thanks for a great hub that is a real eye-opener to many who are ignorant and don't want to smile at others around them. 'Smile and the world will smile with you'.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rema, thank you so much for the visit. I love your comment and I will gladly walk this journey with you. Wishing you peace and happiness.

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      This is so inspiring! Those women gave without expecting anything in return--not even to be recognized for doing so. That is a very rare thing indeed. This hub was so well-written. I liked the transition from the women's stories to encouraging your readers to lend a hand themselves. Thanks for sharing. It is a message we all should hear.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      g-girl, I really appreciate your comment. Thank you! It was as much a reminder to me to do extra as to anyone else. We all could dig a little deeper.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      If you are happy, do not be afraid to show it. Be happy to show your happiness so others can be influenced to be happy :)

      Once again, Bill, I absolutely love your work :) Thank you f or sharing this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keith, thank you! Your compliment means a lot to me.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations billybuc, on your Most Supportive Hubber 2012 award! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Regards, snakeslane

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you snakeslane! I am humbled by all the attention!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      You are a good man, billybuc. You have been there, done it and have not been trapped. Here you are now willing to serve and inspire others.

      About your profile, very good and quite logical. Still, I had a wicked grin at the last bit: 'not a spectator sport'. Quite cute really, but I remember that Yoga philosophy says that's exactly what it is, God's sport. They call it a Lila. The Divine is having fun and we are all His experiences. Just another angle but well done.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you for that laugh at the end. I love that quote.....I have no doubt that God is enjoying the show that we put on for him daily.

      Thank you for a great comment.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      My pleasure, great guy billybuc

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you again Sir!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      What a selfless effort by the Nanas... of Memphis... I wish the world had more people like them... ready to help ... selflessly..

      These days help has also become a commercial term relating to reputation and people do it to gain respect and collar for them selves... I believe that.. is not what real help and care is....

      real help... real love ... is self less.... and most of the times .. it wears the mask of anonymity

      Great article Sir Bill

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      You are one of those people, billyybuc, who not only talks the talk but walks the walk and it comes through so clearly in your hubs. This one too, is wonderful and I really like getting to know you a bit better through your videos. I like to count my blessings every morning and today, this hub is one of my blessings for the day. Thank you for helping me to put some gratitude in my attitude and start the day right. Thumbs up as always:-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, you are so right! Anonymity is the ultimate act of gift giving....there is no reason for recognition....we give because someone is in need....that should be our only motivation. Very wise young man.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robie, I've always loved that phrase....gratitude in my attitude.....we could benefit from doing that each and every day. Thank you my friend and I'm wishing you a wonderful Sunday in New Jersey!

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