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Happy's Thought of the Day
Thursday, September 28, 2023
"Choose happiness every day."
Get to know Happy!
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Happy's Quest for Adventure
Lesson: Make your own fun.
Happy had an insatiable appetite for adventure. With his bright eyes and a wide, infectious grin, he was always on the lookout for excitement. Whether it was a sunny day at the park or a rainy afternoon at home, Happy saw opportunity for adventure everywhere he went.
One day, when the rain was pouring outside, and everyone else was seeking shelter indoors, Happy’s imagination soared. He turned his living room into a jungle, with furniture becoming mighty trees and cushions transforming into stepping stones across a roaring river. With a makeshift hat and a toy compass, he became a fearless explorer, navigating through the wilderness of his own creation.
Even in the park, where other kids saw ordinary playground equipment, Happy saw a world of possibilities. He climbed the swings like they were towering mountains, slid down the slides as if they were thrilling roller coasters, and swung on the monkey bars like a nimble acrobat. He inspired his friends, Sunny, Joy, and Cheery, to see the magic in the ordinary, and soon they joined him in his grand adventures.
Happy’s enthusiasm and imagination were contagious, and the entire town soon recognized his special gift. He reminded everyone that the world was full of wonders waiting to be discovered, and that every day could be an extraordinary adventure. And so, with Happy leading the way, Sunshineville became a place where even the simplest moments were filled with excitement and joy.
Happy and Sunny on the Playground
Lesson: Spread happiness and positivity.
Happy was playing on the playground with his friend Sunny and noticed that she was shining a little less brightly than usual. It seemed like something was keeping her down.
Concerned for his friend, Happy went to her side and gave her an encouraging smile. “Hey, Sunny,” he said in a soothing voice. “What’s been bothering you? You’re usually the brightest ray of sunshine around, but today you seem a bit dimmer.”
Sunny looked at Happy, appreciating his caring nature, and softly sighed. “I’m just feeling a little down today, Happy,” she confessed. “There’s been some trouble in my part of the sky, and it’s been casting a shadow on my usual brightness.”
Understanding that his friend needed a boost, Happy decided to do what he did best – make others laugh. He quickly thought of a silly joke and shared it with Sunny. “Why don’t stars go to school? Because they already know how to twinkle!”
To his delight, a faint giggle escaped Sunny’s lips, and she couldn’t help but smile at Happy’s goofy joke. As she laughed, Happy could see her rays of light slowly reappearing, brightening the entire playground.
“You always know how to bring sunshine to my day, Happy,” Sunny said, grateful for her friend’s unwavering support. “Thank you for being here for me.”
Happy beamed with joy, knowing that he had helped his friend feel a little bit better. “That’s what friends are for, Sunny. Remember, no matter how cloudy things may seem, we can always find a way to shine through it together!”
As they continued to play and laugh, Happy and Sunny cherished the friendship that filled their days with warmth and joy, knowing that they could rely on each other to bring out the best in one another, no matter the circumstances. And so, in the embrace of their friendship, the playground was bathed in the brilliance of their combined radiance, spreading happiness to all who basked in their glow.
Happy and the Bad Day That Turned Good
Lesson: Find happiness in the little things.
Happy started his weekday just like he always does — by getting ready for school. But things weren’t going quite right for him. He woke up late, discovered that his favorite shirt was dirty, and didn’t have time to read his book before school. But off he went, packed lunch and bookbag in hand.
When Happy got to school, things weren’t looking up for him there either. He struggled to focus in class, received a bad grade on a Reading test, and couldn’t sit by his best friend during circle time.
Considering how Happy’s day was going, it would be easy for him to feel sad and grumpy and let the rest of the day be a bad one. But when he got to lunch and opened his lunchbox, he found a sweet note from his mom. It said that she was so proud of him and couldn’t wait to see him after school. In that moment, a smile appeared on his face and he could feel his positive attitude returning.
When he got home from school, his mom asked Happy about his day. He shrugged and said, “It was okay I guess.” His mom could sense that he was down and replied, “How about your lunch? Did you get my note?” A little grin appeared on Happy’s face as he said, “Yes, I did. Thanks, Mom! It made me smile.” His mom replied, “Well that’s what your friends and family are for, Happy: to be there for you no matter what kind of day you’re having. It’s the little things that often create the biggest smiles.”
As Happy and his mom shared a hug, he realized that no day has to be bad if you can find just one good moment to brighten things up.
Self-Acceptance at the Grocery Store
Lesson: It’s okay to be different.
In the bustling aisles of the neighborhood grocery store, a young boy named Happy accompanied his dad on their weekly shopping trip. As they strolled through the colorful aisles, Happy couldn’t help but notice the other kids around him, some chatting animatedly with their friends, while others seemed to possess talents he didn’t have. He felt a pang of self-doubt, wishing he could be more like them.
At that moment, his dad noticed the somber look on Happy’s face. With a warm smile, he knelt down to his level and said, “You know, Happy, you are unique just the way you are, and that’s what makes you special. You don’t have to be like anyone else. You are loved and cherished just for being yourself.”
Happy looked into his dad’s caring eyes and felt a sense of comfort wash over him. As they continued their shopping journey, Happy’s dad pointed out different fruits and vegetables, each with its own unique traits and flavors. He explained how every item had a special purpose and contribution, just like people.
As they approached the checkout counter, Happy had a newfound sense of acceptance for himself. He realized that he didn’t need to be like anyone else because he had his own strengths and abilities that made him who he was. With a beaming smile, he hugged his dad tightly, feeling grateful for the valuable lesson learned at the grocery store that day. From that moment on, Happy embraced his individuality, and every day, he lived content knowing he was loved for simply being himself.
Happy Learns a Lesson About the Power of Kindness
Lesson: Include others and help them feel welcome.
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Happy. He was known for always being upbeat and optimistic, but he had a tendency to overlook other people’s feelings.
One day, Happy’s class had a new student named Jack. Jack was shy and didn’t know anyone in the class, so he kept to himself. Happy didn’t pay much attention to Jack and continued to talk and play with his friends as usual.
Later on, during recess, Happy’s teacher Ms. Smith gathered the class and announced that they were going to play a game of “Kindness Tag.” The rules of the game were simple: whoever was “it” had to do something kind for the person they tagged, and that person would become “it.”
Happy was excited to play the game, and he quickly tagged his best friend, who then did something kind for another student. But when it was Jack’s turn to do something kind, he hesitated. He didn’t know anyone well enough to do something kind for them.
Feeling embarrassed, Jack tried to sit down and remove himself from the game. But before he could, Happy walked over and tagged him, saying, “I choose you, Jack! I want to do something kind for you!”
At first, Jack was taken aback. He had never spoken to Happy before, and he didn’t understand why he was being kind to him. But then Happy smiled and said, “I noticed that you looked a little sad today, and I wanted to make you feel better.”
With that, Happy did something simple but kind for Jack. He offered to share his snack with him, and they both sat and talked for a little while. Jack’s mood lifted, and he realized that Happy’s kindness had made his day.