“So . . . you want to work on this project together?” Tony asked me one night as we were having a round of Belvedere and soda. It’s a tradition of ours – catching up and nudging new ideas that pop up in life. It’s the way we’ve been working together since we met back in 1999.
This latest nudge happened to be a book called Delivering Happiness.
If you’ve been following the story of our company, you’ve probably heard how Tony and I thought Delivering Happiness was just going to be a book. But it turned into a cross-country bus tour and then, exactly a year ago this week, it officially turned into a company and the Delivering Happiness Movement.
As Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi described it, time speeds by when you’re in the flow, doing something you love. Apparently, time flies when you’re delivering happiness :)
So much has changed in the past year, yet so much has stayed the same.
We’re well on our way to our goal of delivering happiness to 2/3 of the world by the end of 2012. So why are we calling it the Year of the Nudge?
The book Delivering Happiness started with a nudge toward a new project, without knowing where it was going to go. And now we know it’s the nudges that will bring this world to a happier place.
What starts as a thought becomes a decision and then, an act. An act of happiness – a nudge – that we all have the ability to create. Every smile and wink to a friend or stranger. Every act of compassion. Every time one of us delivers some form of happiness to the world.
Every day – because of you – Delivering Happiness is creating and sharing these nudges around the world, in a global community that keeps growing in ways we never imagined.
With our first birthday, I want to thank you for the gift you’ve given us – the Delivering Happiness Team and our global movement. Thanks to you, together we’re nudging this world to a happier place.