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


At the DI, I found a Curious George shirt, and knew it would be perfect for my roommate.


  1. Love your post. This is what I was trying to say in my post yesterday. My favorite is giving the next person in line a surprise. One time I bought the check out girl her favorite candy bar. I felt better than she did. I'm having trouble believing you found $100 but I still like your post.

  2. When are you going to do more kind things or at least post them? I found out about 101 Happy People Project from The New Era (LDS church magazine) and I loved it. What you're doing makes me want to be a better person.

  3. I know! You need to put on more of your good deeds! It's been a while!