Happy Post Featured on ABC News!on Sep 21 in Uncategorized by Brett
The Happy Post Project was honored to be profiled by ABC News! Read an excerpt below, and enjoy the full article here.
Forget Coffee and Cocaine, Colombia Has a New Export — Happiness.
“I want Colombia to be known as an exporter of happiness…rather than as an exporter of drugs,” Mario Chamorro, the director of the Make it Happy Foundation, told me in a recent phone conversation. That might sound improbable, but then again, so is the story of Mario Chamorro.
One of Mario’s first projects involved asking people to draw or write something that made them happy on a post-it note. “The Happy Post Project” started as a fun way to meet people at a bar but soon spread to the streets and art galleries of Boston and eventually to Tokyo, Times Square and TED conferences. Mario says he quickly learned that “one, happiness is contagious; two, happiness empowers people; and three, happiness creates social change.”
He was on to something. In January, he received funding and office space from a sponsor so that he could expand his ideas. Eight months later, he was invited to Colombia to present the Happy Post Project to communities impacted by the civil conflict between the leftist FARC rebels and government forces.”