The CultureJukebox team are passionate about finding ideas to make the world a better place. So it was great to receive an press release about this year’s Happy List. And there’s never been a time that an idea like this has been quite so important!
The Independent opened the nominations for its annual Happy List this week, on Monday, marking the International Day Of Happiness.
The concept is now in its ninth year and is a celebration of the 50 people across Britain who enrich our lives. The whole idea is a clear counterpoint to the idea that profit should come before purpose.
Charity workers, fundraisers, mentors, entertainers and those who perform small and large acts of kindness form our collection – and what makes it so special is that they are nominated by members of the public.
What The Independent is looking for is anyone whose motive is increasing our happiness, rather than feathering their own nest. Previous years included a teenager who sold his football memorabilia to help an ill friend, a nun who provided shelter for sex workers, and cousins who saved a man’s hand by preserving it in a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts. Who should be on it this year?
“The current climate of fear, mistrust and negativity means it’s arguably more important than ever to celebrate the inspirational people whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery make the UK a better place to live” ~ Christian Broughton, Editor of The Independent
These volunteers, by their nature, are not generally attention-seekers, so The Independent needs your help to publicise the search for those who deserve to be celebrated in your area.
Anyone can send their suggestions – a including their name, a way to contact you (or them), and the reason why you’re putting them forward – by email to email@example.com or by writing to: Emma Ledger, Happy List Coordinator, The Independent, Room 121A, First Floor, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry St, London, W8 5HF.
The Happy List is this year sponsored by JustGiving, the social-giving platform. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 28 April 2017. The selected entries will be revealed by The Independent in May. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.
More information is available here. Enjoy!