Smart Risk Magazine Spring 2018 | Page 9

SPRING 2 0 1 8 HOW TO BE Happy EVERY DAY HAPPINESS 9 Tammy Lawrence Johannson was born and raised on the North Shore and resides in West Vancouver. She spent over 10 years working with government, communities, schools, sport and recreation organizations and individuals setting up structures and programs to encourage more girls and women to be physically active. Tammy also spent five years fundraising and event planning for Big Sisters while completing a master’s degree on self-esteem and young women. She currently runs a private family foundation, volunteers with her children’s schools and stays active while raising her family of five. Tammy is the vice president on the 365give Board. BY: Tammy Lawrence Johannson, 365give Board of Directors DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY. A simple statement, yet an elusive goal. We all want to be happy, don’t we? So how come we are not? The World Happiness Report states that over 220 million children and over 1 billion adults suffer from anxiety, stress and conduct disorders. So what can we do to decrease our anxiety and stress while increasing our own happiness and the happiness in the world around us? Social entrepreneur and mother of three, Jacqueline Way has one answer: daily giving. A simple concept that researchers from around the world have proven increases happiness. Not only is it fulfilling, it’s also easy. The idea began as a project that Way started with her three-year-old son to introduce him to pro social behaviour. Together, they committed to give back to the world every day for 365 days. Way created a blog to record their daily giving adventures. The blog’s intent was to share their daily giving stories with friends and family and just maybe inspire others in their own lives. Simple daily giving activities included recycling and picking up garbage to protect the environment, small donations of blankets and towels to support a local animal shelter and visiting the seniors center handing out handmade Christmas cards to share the cheer. 365give quickly spread via social media and they soon had a worldwide following. After a successful year of giving, Way still wanted to do more. A good friend and teacher reached out to see how she could incorporate 365give into her classroom. They created an educational program, a tool for teachers that incorporated a daily giving practice directly into their everyday school curriculum. Their vision was to empower children through education to change the world, one day, one give at a time. The called it The 365give Challenge. What started with 300 students as a pilot project has now touched 7,000 children around the world. In March 2017, Way completed a TED Talk titled How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World. The talk has had hundreds of thousands of views from around the world and The 365give Challenge is now being incorporated into schools, families and corporations. 365give is a small grass-roots charitable organization now with a global reach. The vision for 365give is to create a global movement that makes altruism possible for everyone. No matter where you are from or how old you are. A global community that can make the world a happier world, a better world. And it’s so simple a three year old can do it. So – don’t worry – this will make you happy. One give, one day at a time.