Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 26, 2014

Gilliland-Howe celebrates administrators

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Administrative professionals from many Greensburg businesses gathered at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home Wednesday for a luncheon supported by the Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce.

In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, a catered lunch was served and a guest speaker addressed those assembled with an uplifting message. This is the second year for Gilliland-Howe to host this event in conjunction with the Chamber.

Leslie Asche-Thackery, of Gilliland-Howe, introduced Chamber executive director Jeff Emsweller, who welcomed all the guests and invited everyone to register for the Chamber’s upcoming Little Black Dress Women in Business Conference.

“We thank everyone that let their staff away from work for an extended lunch hour and we are appreciative for the many businesses that allowed their administrators out to attend,” Asche-Thackery said.

While honoring administrators for all they do, a rousing hand of applause was given for Dorothy Mahan, who will be retiring this year from Frist Christian Church after 27 years. Asche-Thackery said it has become a tradition to honor anyone retiring at the annual luncheon.

After lunch, Emsweller introduced Brian Sheehan, of the Rushville City Council. Sheehan, who is a self-proclaimed ambassador to Rushville, is active in his local community in many ways- from coaching his son’s baseball team to being a co-founder of Rushville’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Sheehan is known as “Bri the Smile Guy” because of his passion for being happy and doing all he can to share that happiness with others. He said his goal is to share happiness with the world. In his recent campaign for public office, Sheehan used signs bearing “smiley faces” to illustrate his desire for a happier Rush County.

His speech revolved around various ways people can make changes in their lives to become happier. Sheehan asked attendees if anyone had “that one friend who was always smiling.” Many hands were raised and several smiles cropped up around the room. Sheehan praised those with ever-present smiles highly.

“Just by providing that simple smile, you have no idea how much you’re helping your community,” Sheehan said.

According to Sheehan, smiles and good moods are contagious. By simply being happy in public, one could affect another person’s mood. In his quest for happiness, Sheehan quit his job in Batesville and took a large pay cut so he could be with his family more because he realized that forsaking family time for the pursuit of money wasn’t making him happy.

Shortly after changing jobs, Sheehan’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, making the need for happiness and positive attitudes in their household of paramount importance. Finding simple things that made them happy was a priority for them because circumstances gave them so much to be unhappy about and Sheehan feels that happiness is a choice, and not always an easy one. Negativity surrounds everyone in their daily lives and one must choose to ignore it in favor of being happy.

“Make it a priority to live in between challenges and look for the good in people,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan concluded the speech with the fervent hope that those listening to his words would find something in their lives that could be changed to make themselves happier. Not only does he seek to create a happier Rush County, but Sheehan hopes to share happiness with the world.

“You can change your part of the world and let it have a ripple effect,” he said.

He challenged everyone in attendance to do five things upon leaving- thanking someone that day, forgiving or asking to be forgiven that week, giving to the community within 30 days, committing random acts of kindness and letting oneself be happy more often every day.

One would hope that smiles and good moods are not all that can spread from person to person. If good deeds and generosity could be shared and spread, there could be an epidemic of happiness in the area.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004;