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April 26, 2014

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“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; amanda.browning@greensburgdailynews.com

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