April 23, 2015 - December 13, 2015

#makesmehappy inspires people to boost their happiness with simple acts.

The Museum of Vancouver invited ten Vancouverites to enter the vaults and each select an object that sparked memories of happiness and that will encourage positive feelings in everyone. Participants include charitable online marketplace founder John Bromley, CBC news host Andrew Chang, writer Amber Dawn, happiness expert Elizabeth Dunn, songwriter Veda Hille, hip hop artist Prevail, artist Henry Tsang, Squamish educator Deborah Jacobs, curator Viviane Gosselin, and museum administrator Sarah Kamal.


Each briefly tells the story behind the object— for example, a teddy bear, a woven tray, a trophy—and urges people to try specific attitudes and behaviors, right then and there. These range from exercising one’s charitable muscle to just hanging out and playing.

Visitors to the exhibition can share what makes them happy through written sticky notes. People can also post images on Twitter and Instagram using the #makesmehappy hashtag, some of which will be on display in the exhibition.

Be brave and answer the call to heighten your happiness and not coincidentally, enhance the wellbeing of those around you. #makesmehappy is a surprise gift from the Museum of Vancouver for visitors to Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show.




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