Allow me to introduce you to …
The Happy Today.

I may have mentioned the theory of the Happy Today before, but now seemed like a good time to bring it up again.

What is a Happy Today? Well, it’s bigger than Groundhog Day but not as big as a birthday. A Happy Today is basically an excuse to give someone a present under the pretence that you’re very nice. In reality you’re giving a present because let’s face it … giving makes the giver feel good.

Turns out givers are actually a selfish bunch. Especially those who give colds, strange looks and unsolicited child rearing and/or weight loss advice.

I learned about the concept of The Happy Today from my sister who learned about it from her friend. You give someone a little present for no reason at all. In fact, it’s kind of a rule that there can’t be an occasion or reason for giving the present at all. Not even nice weather.

It is a Happy Today. A gift for no reason at all.

The last Happy Today I received was from one of my sisters who brought me a bundle of forsythia branches last year.

The last Happy Today I gave was … well I can’t remember. Or who it was for. But I’m sure it was extraordinary.

So today as you peruse the wares of my sponsors, instead of looking for yourself, keep a Happy Today in mind for someone in your life. Could be your friend, relative, favourite grocery store cashier. Wait. No. If you bring your grocery store cashier a present they’ll think you’re nuts. They may even start to keep an eye on you, which will make stealing bone-in hams way more difficult than it already is.

You get the idea though.

These are all of my favourite things this month from my sponsors.


For the teen girl to the grandmother!

DIY Photo Necklace



For the much loved, ever faithful blogger.  Heh.

Rough Linen Summer Cover


  For anyone who wants to smell like the most famous soap in Spain!

A sexy, spicy scent in a pitch black bar.

Lathers up pure white frothy bubbles!

Spain’s most famous soap!

For anyone loving the easy, breezy beachy trends in decorating going around right now.

Seaside Wreath

 For anyone who’s ever said,

I should start a blog!

WayLay website design elves Wayne & Selina.

They got married last week!

Congratulations to the Newlyweds!

 For the recycler and hockey lover.

100% Canadian made catch all bags made out of recycled hockey socks!

(on sale for half price right now!!!)

Art of Doing Stuff readers get $6 off any $25 purchase!  (sale items not included)

Catch All Bag/Purse made out of recycled HOCKEY Socks!

For that friend who absolutely refuses to get rid of all their old concert t-shirts.

Have them made into a custom dress!  Several different styles available.

Custom Made Ruffle T-Shirt Dresses

 For the sister with style but a love of the classics.

Use the exclusive Art of Doing Stuff coupon code “ShipMeFree” to receive free WORLDWIDE shipping!

Cameo Charm Necklace

For absolutely ANYONE!  Who wouldn’t love this chalkboard on a stand?

From the woman who brought you the flame birch rolling pin.

Wooden Chalkboard Menu Board with Stand!

 For the handy chicken lover.

Plans for the most beautiful coop in the world …

 For those of you who were envious of my front yard vegetable garden yesterday.

You still have plenty of time to plant lettuce!

Assorted Organic Lettuces & Green Seeds

 In keeping with the chalkboard theme … pass on the instructions on how to make your own chalkboard barn doors to a handy DIY friend.

DIY Chalkboard Barn Door!



Of course I’ve saved the best information to last.  The thing about a Happy Today?   I’ve checked and double checked.  There is absolutely nothing in the rules and regulations that stipulates the giver cannot also … be the receiver.


  1. Cassie says:

    Turns out you cannot give gifts to grocery store workers. I once ordered like 8 lbs of whipped cream frosting for my friends wedding cupcakes. The lady was a huge help. I tried to give her something I had made – can’t recall what – and she absolutely wasn’t allowed to take it. Made me sad. In that case it was only the thought that happened, let alone counted.
    LOVE the happy today idea and you are so right that givers get more out of it.

  2. Spokangela says:

    Love the chalkboard and I like the recipe on it even more! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • SK Farm Girl says:

      I’m with ya on that one Spokangela; gonna whip up a batch tomorrow!! I also love the ruffle t-shirt dress ๐Ÿ™‚ The soap sounds pretty amazing too! Oh heck, a bouquet of dandelions presented to me brings tears of joy to my eyes! Love this concept of Happy Today; my girlfriend and I have been doing this for quite some time. The only rule: it must always be gifted in the same bag – back and forth! Just worked out that way ๐Ÿ™‚ Sending you all a Happy Today: love, peace and health!

      • My girlfriend and I do it to! WE both worked for the same company years ago and we were able to snag some of the gift bags so… we always use them for our little happys! It is the little things that make you smile!

  3. Ha ha1 the giver can also be the receiver, that is priceless!
    Happy Today!

  4. Court says:

    Some days, when I’m at work and on patrol (I’m a copper), I’ll stop and compliment residents working on their landscaping. Sometimes it’s really nice. Sometimes its really gaudy. Everytime, I get a reaction of a gigantic smile, accompanied by a heartfelt ‘thank you!’. Not the same as giving an actual gift, but seems to mean something special to the sweet older men and ladies planting and pruning the days away.

  5. Brenda says:

    Huge congratulations to the newlyweds, Wayne & Selena!! Wishing you all the best and much happiness.

    Thank you Karen for the shout out!!

  6. Mel B says:

    I just found your blog via Pinterest, and have to tell you… black soap! Once upon a time, many many years ago, I worked at Baltimore Opera as a scenic artist. And in the ladies room of the rehearsal hall, there was a worn down bar of mysterious black soap, which smelled AMAZING. No one knew where it came from, but it made me happy every time I got to use it. I’ve been on the lookout for it ever since, but black soap is hard to find, and the few I’ve found definitely didn’t have that same magical scent.

    Anyways, it looks like a Happy Today present for me, and I will find out if Magno is the soap! A Spanish soap would be a logical thing to be left behind by a touring singer at an Opera, don’t you think? Hmm.

    • Karen says:

      Mel B – I think you might be on the right path. Wouldn’t that be GREAT if after all these years you accidentally found it?! There you go. Featuring the black soap is my Happy Today to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen

  7. Lynn says:

    My family has a name for the gift given for no reason – it’s called a “sercy”. Trouble is, there were never any awesome linen sheets given as a sercy
    as far as I can remember. I am kind of feeling a bit cheated!

  8. marilyn says:

    this grocery store cashier will take anything except your firstborn…been there done my siblings and i have been doing this for years..we dont call it happy today but we just love giving each other things..we all love pressies..who doesnt ? and it doesnt have to be a material thing, a compliment goes a long way towards brightening up someones day.have a happy happy today karen. you deserve it xo

    • Karen says:

      Marilyn – Apparently you’re right. Just ending your sentence with “you deserve it” made me happy (a smile even broke out over my face). ~ karen

  9. Kat says:

    I wish I lived in a world where you could give the grocery store lady presents! Maybe the library ladies? They know me well enough where it might not be so odd.

  10. Stefanie says:

    Thank you!!

  11. gloria says:

    Consider me the kid in a candy store, with Dad’s credit card and a getaway car, and a pony. There are just too many great choices. I see something here for all the loves of my life. And even my physical therapist who is helping me walk normally again and not like a drunken sailor on a 3 day pass.
    So…for me, the website. Photo necklace, daughter, sheets, other daughter, wreath, other daughter, other necklace, best friend, seeds, friend who brought me yummy dinners while I recouped, little chalkboard, other yummy dinner friend. See, I could give lots of happy today.

    • Gayla T says:

      Why do you have to learn to walk again? I never wanted to give my PT anything but a fat lip. No pain/no gain, right?

  12. Sarah A. says:

    This isn’t really a gift, but if I see a commercial driver with one of those “How’s my driving” bumper stickers and they do something nice, I’ll call to report their good driving skills.

    The operator usually doesn’t know how to put it in their report (“what? you’re calling with something good?”), but I think it’s nice to give some positive feedback when I’m sure it’s usually 99.9% negative.

  13. Nicole2 says:

    Today is my husband and me’s 25th wedding anniversary and we went to Spain for our honeymoon. I had completely forgotten about the wonderful perfumy Spanish soap we had in our hotel. The maid had to put fresh bars everyday because I kept taking every single bar.

    Thank you for reminding me of the soaps! I’m going to get a couple of bars to remind myself of that wonderful trip!

    Happy Today!

  14. Beth says:

    Karen = the best way to give a happy today gift is how I usually end up shopping for gifts for others — 1 for you, 1 for me, 1 for you…. Then everybody’s happy!!! Thanks for the great reminder to bless my friends – and all those goodies look awesome!!! Let’s see how much money do I have today???? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Pati Gulat says:

    Doing a Happy Today for my step daughter today,as a matter of act ! We moved to Louisiana 2 yrs ago and my 31 yr old bonus kid misses her daddy terribly so I made a pillow out of his favorite T-Shirt (it’s got a picture of SPAM on it ! LOL) and am going to send it to her in a few minutes ! It makes me feel as good to send it as it wil be for her to get it. Happy Today,Marybeth ! :o)))))

  16. Gayla T says:

    I used to belong to a woman’s group and we did one another’s birthday up big because we do our families great but the woman of the house just doesn’t get much. It was so nice because you never knew who would be coming by or what they might bring. Sadly, we disbanded because so many had passed away. A group with 3 members was not much fun. There is a bake and take day that the wheat commission does and you take baked goods to a friend or neighbor. I was the recipient once and threw it away because I’d seen her kitchen. LOL This sounds much better because I might get some cool soap. Yep,it’s a good idea so I should order some soap for someone else.

    • Karen says:

      LOL!!! “I was the recipient once and threw it away because Iโ€™d seen her kitchen.” THAT gets quote of the day Miss. Gayla. ~ karen

  17. The’s something similar that was highlighted on Parks and Rec last season by the character Tom Haveford. ‘Treat Yo Self Day!’ which I love, and who cares if you have multiple TYSD’s in a month.

    Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator

  18. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Surprising others with little gifts is always fun..It puts smiles on two happy faces!!

  19. Nancy says:

    you’re right as rain, this is happy today. I love it!
    thank you many times over ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Mary Werner says:

    A big thank you to all the readers that post comments on this site. I LOVE to read them and that you all take the time to write them. On a happy note, the storm (Debby) missed us last night but only after emergency services phoned all the people in my area and said high winds coming and put up outside “stuff”. So I threw all the lawn chairs and table in the pool since I couldn’t carry them around to the garage which I had filled up with garbage cans. Not even a breeze came when the storm abruptly turned south and now I get to try to get all the furniture out of the pool – wish I had hind sign instead of big butt behind sight. But glad we didn’t get flooded. Everyone have a Happy Day!

  21. Shirley says:

    Mary, I agree with you 100% — I love reading the comments too. What a nice bunch of people read and respond to Karen’s posts!

    Other bloggers get three-word comments (โ€œLoved your postโ€). Karen gets chapter books!

    P.S. I’m glad the storm missed you, and now your outdoor furniture’s all clean. Bonus!

  22. Karol says:

    I like these Random Acts of Kindness. The world needs more of them, we’ve become a snarly gnarly place. I sent an email out to my friends 60 days prior to my 60th birthday and asked for no black balloons or gag gifts or any other kind of gift, but instead random acts of kindness for the next 60 days in honor of the big 6-0. One person kept a journal for me. Happy Day paid forward.
    Good job, Karen, you try your best to send out a hint of bad-ass vibes, but you’re a nice person, and we all know it.

  23. Krikit says:

    I LUV this post!!! The Tee-shirt dress(es) are absolutely aDOOOOOORable! ~:0)

  24. Nan Tee says:

    Happy Today to you, the fella, the fella’s dad, and everyone who has commented. I love checking my e-mail and seeing that Karen has posted something. Always hilarious and highly educational ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. b. says:

    I used to be a teacher, and once every year I’d surprise my students with Compliment Day. Instead of working, I brought snacks for each class. Then we went around the room, and I gave each student one genuine compliment, aloud & in front of everyone else. When I was done, the kids were allowed to give each other compliments. Sometimes I got them, too! It was always THE BEST DAY, full of unexpected joy and warmth. (And getting teenagers to be joyful and warm? Often a huge accomplishment.)

  26. It sounds like what we call an UnBirthday. Started for the two Christmas fellas whose celebrations got a bit lost in the rush, so their birthdays ‘floated’.

  27. kelliblue says:

    Read that title and this was the first thing I thought of.

    Darn those interwebs!

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