One day I went for a run. While I was running I found this small piece of paper on the ground.

I almost ran right past it but I decided to pick it up. After I opened it up, I was a bit surprised.

I felt lucky, and decided to take it home. On my way home, my mind was racing trying to think of what I would spend my new-found fortune on. Nice dinner? Rent payment? New running shoes?

The Solution

My final decision was simple. I would use the money to help other people. The next week I took the money to the bank which was offering a special $100 bonus for opening a new account. I turned my $100 into $200 overnight. I decided to help 100 different people at $2 each to help make their day and spread the joy that I originally felt.

This began what I call the 101 Happy People Project


The first two people I decided to help were two homeless men sitting outside Wal-Mart. It was cold, dark, and beginning to rain.  I ran to McDonald's and bought them a 6-piece chicken nugget, 3 cookies, and 2 apple pies to warm them up


  1. Hi! I'm in Florida and just saw your story on BYUTV. I'm very impressed by your attitude of service and you are inspiring me to start thinking of way to serve! What a great idea! $2 is doable! Thank-you for your insight and great example!

  2. I read this story and it made me cry... Me and my church, the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, is doing this same thing. Next week we will be sharing what we did with our two dollars. I'm going to give mine to a friend who has to use food stamps. I hope it will help a little :)

  3. LOVE THIS!! Thank you for BEING who you are. You are making a difference, not by what you DO, but by who you ARE!

  4. I love your post. It's just what I need. I've been called to a new calling which I'm not particularly thrilled at all but this post made me rethink thanks to you. It inspired me a lot.

  5. THIS IS SO COOL!i love this!thank you for inspiring me and everyone else !!!