This Just in: Happiness Happens Update

Well, the Happiness Happens nanas are at it again. Or, to be more precise, they never stopped being "at it" in the first place. As communicated in a May 16 blog post (, these nine anonymous women kicked off 31 days of giving in all 50 states during August. Now, the results are trickling in.

Says a news release from The Nine Nanas' media relations specialist, Sarah Hughes: "Although this month-long deed was to find people throughout the U.S. and surreptitiously make happiness happen, 75 percent were 'do-gooders,' but all were well-deserving."

A few of the recipients of the nanas' generosity include Kimberly Carter, a music teacher in Lithonia, Georgia, who inspired her mother to pursue a teaching career; Sandy Clark, a community organizer and school volunteer in Wilmington, Delaware; Paul McClure, a retired Memphis attorney who does pro bono work for the poor; and several others here, there, and everywhere.

To read up on the nanas, see my original story on them at To read more about their August exploits, visit

And on behalf of everyone who might be reading this, our hats are off to you, ladies. Here's to doing something good in the world while expecting nothing in return.

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