Sprinkling a little happiness

Happiness event held Friday afternoon at Abbotsford's Five Corners.

Community members sprinkle happiness at Five Corners on Friday afternoon.

Community members sprinkle happiness at Five Corners on Friday afternoon.

Happiness was sprinkled to all who passed an event at Five Corners on Friday afternoon.

A group of smiling people wearing bright yellow shirts held signs with positive messages gathered as part of the Happiness Sprinkling Project.

Created by Laura Lavigne, founder of the Anacortes Center for Happiness, the project is simple but powerful.

A group of people get together, wearing bright yellow shirts. They gather at a busy spot in the town where they live and hold up signs.

Happiness signs.

Signs that say things like, “It’s Going to be All Right,” “Breathe” and “You are Loved.” They do this for an hour and as they do, people on their way home from work are surprised, puzzled – and moved. They smile, they wave, they honk and many join in.

The messages are surprising because “they ask nothing of the viewer” but instead send an expected burst of light, helping people tap into their own hope, strength and joy.

Sprinklings started last May and have been spreading ever since. In the past few months, happiness ambassadors have popped up in Washington DC, Chicago, California, Oregon, Seattle and are now in Canada.

The Abbotsford ambassador is Jennifer Metcalf and she can be reached at 604-808-5413 .