2013: the year in happy

Dec 23, 2013, 13:17 ET from Happy Fuel LLC

NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Here are 12 ways people all over the world lived in the happy this year, curated by Happy Fuel.

January: The Secret Society of Happy People hosts its 12th-annual "Hunt for Happiness Week" in Dallas, to help offset January 21, which has been called "the saddest day of the year" by a British psychologist.

April: Swedish sock maker Happy Socks opens its first US store in the SoHo section of New York City. "We want to make NYC a bit happier!" says cofounder and creative director Viktor Tell.

May: Happy Fuel officially launches its mobile app at the Union Square Ballroom during Internet Week New York.

July: Time magazine publishes in-depth cover story, "The Pursuit of Happiness."

July: Seton Hall University senior Hillary Sadlon and two friends spend her 22nd birthday performing 22 random acts of kindness, from giving blood to helping an elderly couple load groceries into their car. "Your birthday is supposed to be a happy day. That's what I was. Making someone else smile makes you want to smile."

October: The World Happiness Report 2013 declares Denmark the "Happiest Country in the World," based on factors including health, productivity, employment, and social activity. http://unsdsn.org/files/2013/09/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf

November: Happy Fuel releases an updated mobile app with social networking and microblogging capabilities, plus an all-new Web app, happyfuel.me, where users can create their own "happy wall."

November: The Department of Well Being begins putting up street signs all over New York City with happy sayings like, "HONK LESS, LOVE MORE." Their mission is "making the world happier, one street sign at a time."

November: On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the city of San Francisco transforms itself into Gotham to fulfill the wish of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old patient with leukemia, to be Batman for a day.

November: John Moffitt of the Denver Broncos leaves football for happiness. "I don't want to risk health for money," said Moffitt, who walked away from about $1 million in salary, various benefits for retirees who play at least three seasons, and quite possibly a trip to the Super Bowl. "I'm happy, and I don't need the NFL."

December: Music superstar Pharrell Williams releases the world's first 24-hour music video to accompany his new song "Happy." The song and video, needless to say, are extremely happy, with over 300 separate performances of the song.

December: The New York Times publishes "A Formula for Happiness," which says a mix of genes, events, and values are the three main contributors to how happy you are. "To pursue the happiness within our reach, we do best to pour ourselves into faith, family, community and meaningful work. To share happiness, we need to fight for free enterprise and strive to make its blessings accessible to all."

About Happy Fuel LLC: Happy Fuel is a microblogging social network that helps you live in the happy™ by giving you a fun, simple way to store, gauge, and fuel your happiness forward. The company is based in New York, and was founded in 2013 by Elizabeth Elfenbein, and funded by Susan Miller Viray and Rico Viray.