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


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!"