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


Donated $2 to the tipping bucket


  1. This is great! Stephen & Heather told me about this've inspired a lot of people! Yesterday I got a new garden tool for my neighbor who was feeling a bit blue about one of her kids. It brightened both of our days! Thanks...and keep going....We will too!

  2. All I can say is THANK YOU. You have inspired me an my friends to do the same thing. We have been saving up our change since I saw this on the BYU channel this march. As soon as school ends this Thursday we are setting out to help one person a day with two dollars of change. We are also doing work for the dead by going to the temple once a week to do baptisms for the dead. All this started because of your inspiration. Thank you for everything :)