One day I went for a run. While I was running I found this small piece of paper on the ground.

I almost ran right past it but I decided to pick it up. After I opened it up, I was a bit surprised.

I felt lucky, and decided to take it home. On my way home, my mind was racing trying to think of what I would spend my new-found fortune on. Nice dinner? Rent payment? New running shoes?

The Solution

My final decision was simple. I would use the money to help other people. The next week I took the money to the bank which was offering a special $100 bonus for opening a new account. I turned my $100 into $200 overnight. I decided to help 100 different people at $2 each to help make their day and spread the joy that I originally felt.

This began what I call the 101 Happy People Project


My co-worker kept having her nice pens stolen, so I bought her a few of her favorite pens.


I brought Gushers and Squeez-Its to our intramural softball game- so that my team could have treats after the game, just like little league.


Donated $2 to the tipping bucket


On another cold and rainy day, a cold wet woman was begging for spare change.  She got some chicken nuggets and warm cookies from McDonalds.


While at the register, the cashier asked me if I would like to donate $1 to support the troops.  I did.


I learned a lot about service today.  As I was having a very rough day, I asked my friends to go out for ice cream with me.  I ended up buying them a root beer float and some frostys. 

The sweet treats didn't cheer me up, but rather the good company and the feeling I get from helping others is what did the trick. It sounds cheesy- but I have found that when we have personal problems, the solution is seldom found by only trying to help ourselves.


My roommate was feeling very sick, so on my way home I stopped by the store and grabbed him a can of chicken noodle soup.


I bought 20 snack packs for a little over $5 and shared them will all my classmates on the last day of school.


I wanted to get a thank you gift for my friend who wrote the original article in the Daily Universe.  I found a board game with her name on it at the DI.  We played it and learned a surprising amount about geography.


My friend knows spanish and the only books he will read are Calvin and Hobbes.  I found an old Calvin and Hobbes book at the DI in spanish.  Perfect match.


I found an old VHS tape from the DI. The movie's title was the same name as my friend.  I bought the movie for fun, we watched it, and it was actually a ridiculously funny movie.


I have a pen pal who got engaged, so I sent $5 of McDonald's bucks in the mail along with a letter to the happy couple.


Picked up Bee Money and got him some J Dawgs for lunch.


Got some bran muffins from the bakery for a hungry man on the street.


Donated another $2 to the tipping bucket


I bought a stamp to Argentina to write a letter to an old friend.


Brought bakery bagels to the office.


Bought $2 of chocolate cinnamon bears for the next in line at the candy store.


Brought a McGriddle breakfast sandwhich and apple pies to my friends in the morning.


I donated $2 again to the tipping bucket.  This time to build wells in Cambodia.


I paid for a donut for whoever came next in line at the bakery.


I bought a loaf of french bread and can of soup for a dollar each for a homeless man outside the grocery store.


I brought some Spongebob-shaped graham crackers to my friend at work, just to say hi.


We asked a nice man to take a picture of my friends and me in the big city. We repaid him with a box of those super-frosted cookies for him and his family.


Helped billions worldwide by donating $2 to Wikipedia.


Purchased a bottle of chocolate milk for the next customer in line.


Paid for $2 of chocolate covered cinnamon bears at the candy store for the next lucky customer.


Brought McDonald's apple pies to work for 3 of my co-workers.


New argyle socks for my older brother.

Everyone loves new socks!


Purchased a single serving of egg nog at the store and asked the clerk to hand it to the next lucky Christmas shopper.


We anonymously placed $3 of quarters on top of two different laundry machines in town.


We dropped off four quarters to each of four different gumball machines across the mall along with a note that said "enjoy a free gumball today!"