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Natalie: Today on the show I'm speaking with Sara Lahey, she's 27 years old and she's touring the world with her Love-N-Aid teens. She's encouraging people to random acts of kindness and bringing communities together. So, stay tuned for her inspiring story.
Natalie: Hi! I'm Natalie Ledwell and this is The Inspiration Show, and today my special guest is Sara Lahey. How are you Sara?
Sara: Great! Thank you for having me.
Natalie: It's a pleasure to have you here. You have a really amazing and inspiring story which I was absolutely blown away from and I can't wait to share it with everyone. So, why don't we start with a little bit of "Where you are?","What your background is?" and What you're doing now?
Sara: Ok. Well, where am I now? Just back from a wonderful tour in New Zealand and in Australia with my Love-N-Aid project. Where I came from, is that, basically at college at first I wanted to do child development and then I did Nursing and then, I did some pretty big well-travel and decided that "I want to make big change in the world". So, I went to Political Science and from there I realized that I'm not put up for Political Science at all. And so, I decided instead of fighting with fight, what I wanted to do was to be a demonstration of what is possible. And so, that's how hunting happiness project transformed.
Natalie: Right. And so, hunting happiness, What does this project do? What's the goal of the project?
Sara: Yes. We have a series of different initiatives but, our biggest one is called Love-N-Aid. And so, instead of just a kid lemonade stand and there's a menu. Free gifts. Free hugs, high fives, someone to talk to, someone to listen to you. People do letters for friendship are very popular, extremely inspiring. So, what we do is we take these. It's a vehicle for kindness so people receive and they have the opportunity to engage and to commit to doing an act of kindness, happy events and keep it going afterwards.
Natalie: Okay. So, Acts of kindness? What type of acts are we talking about?
Sara: Well, like I said, one of our big ones is Letters of Friendship. People's lives have been change, that sounds like such a simple thing but I had a gentleman came to me at the last event with tears in his eyes and say, "You must love getting people like me". And I asked him what he meant and he said, "I didn't want anything to do with you, I thought you're going to sell me something. And, my life has been changed, there's something I want to do for 20 years and I'm gonna do it now." And so, people really get in to it. Sometimes people spend an hour and write a two page letter to somebody that ends up in the right hand and turns out right for that person. But, we also use local businesses, so we engaged local bakeries it's an opportunity for them to get back to their communities and start the kindness. It's really a whole community thing. It's really getting everyone together and since we're all in it together, and how can we all take part in making it a better world. Community by community, all over the world.
Natalie: Wonderful. So, what are some of the communities that you've been working with?
Sara: Mostly the west coast of the United States, between California and Oregon. But, we just recently did a tour, like what I said, in New Zealand and in Australia which was wonderful. The people were lovely, very well- received. Canada is probably the next one, we have a lot of people in Canada that would love us to come. But, we are planning to go all over the world so.
Natalie: Great. So, really what we're doing is not just getting people to do an act of kindness there at a time but actually to continue this on.
Sara: It's both. Yeah, The thing is that we assumed that people would come and just get there and talked to you and go away. The people, some people will come and they say, "I don't want anything I just want to give." and we really get in to it. And I am so inspired by the people's reactions of really wanted to give and to keep it going and I'm gonna commit to doing one nice thing every week for the rest of the year, for the rest of the week. So, I get emails, hundred of emails from people with stories. It's just really reminding people that its very simple and it's something that I think sometimes we forget to do when we're so busy. But people once they remember that they can and it's very simple they just really get in to it.
Natalie: Right. And so, do you have a way on reminding them to stay on track throughout the year?
Sara: We all work here - for now. But, otherwise, Facebook. That's how we do it.
Natalie : So what is your Facebook page?
Sara: hunting happiness project.
Natalie: Right. Okay. So, we're talking about Love-N-Aid which is one project, are there other things that come under hunting happiness?
Sara: Yes, we have a series of short videos. One was recently, The Magic of Happiness, that's where we interview a bunch of magicians on What does happiness mean. And how do young versus old audience react to that. It's really special. And we also did Show me your Happy Dance where we went in the streets and we had people just do a dance. That was really fun. And we have a bunch of videos coming out from the tour that are also really sweet. We also did a project on the tour, called the Human Heart Project. We basically had people write their wish for the world in a piece of paper, have their photo taken and stand together in a big heart shape. People really got in to that as well. And the things people will , it always blows me away. Been doing this for three years . When you give people the opportunity to express their heart its really special.
Natalie: That's Awesome. And, are you doing these all on your own? These sounds a whole lot of work .
Sara: Yeah, it is, it is. Mostly, but, we have volunteers that I've never met in Costa Rica, Canada and then South Oher. But yeah, it is, it is.
Natalie: What is your vision for the world?
Sara: My vision for the world is, I want to help ignite other hearts. I want to remind people that they have the power and the more people that remember every day for as long as possible. I hope that every time when we do an event that it will last forever, not a week or a month. That it is so simple. It's so big at the same time we open the door to smile, to do the simple things that really go a long way. We're trying to figure out ways to really measure that, it's being done a lot right now, there's a lot of research. But, for example, every time we do an event, what happens to the crime rate of that city on that day? Those kind of things. Because It's very hard to measure but we all agree that its tremendous, tremendously important.
Natalie: Absolutely. So, where are you off to next? What's your plans in the next month or so?
Sara: Well for the next 6 month, we're putting together sponsorship kits to a big tour, 52 cities in 52 weeks. And of course, back in town, everyone's like "Where's the next lemonade? We'll put together one of those pretty soon, i think. And then, start planning that.
Natalie: Awesome. Wonderful. So, if people want to help contribute or to volunteer or do anything to help you with Hunting Happiness or Lemonade, where can we send them?
Sara: You can to my website, www.huntinghappinessproject.com. You can go to Contact Desk page and send us an email. If you live anywhere in the world and you really want lemonade to come, we have a form that Come Invites Us, where are you and how can you help and stuff like that. That's the best way, just go to the website and contact us.
Natalie: Right. Now that you say that you've been doing this for 3 years, how old are you now?
Sara: been at it ever since I was 4.
Natalie: Really? From 4? What are you doing from 4?
Sara; From 4, it was the questions I was asking. "what's going on ? Are there hungry people over those ads on TV? " I don't know if you remember The Christian Children Fund?
Sara: Oh! From then on, I was asking questions non-stop and by the time I was 10, I was full on reading about crazy thing. What's going on to the world? And How can i help? Who's been successful in making change? And How can I do that? Basically, waiting to grow up to what I'm doing now.
Natalie: You couldn't wait. So, this is really interesting coz' finding that there's a bit of trend going on now. Where younger generation, really consciously aware. Were you the only one that you knew you were asking these questions? Like, were you at your own with this? Or you have other people that you can talk to about it?
Sara: The truth is that I felt very much alone whether that's true or not. I don't know. I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders, if I don't grow up and do something, its got to stop you know.
Sara: And now, I spend most of my time with people like you. Who are trying to make change in the world in various ways. I don't feel alone anymore.
Natalie: Oh good. That's fantastic. Sara, Such an inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing. So, guys remember if you click on the banner to the side that you go directly to the Sara site or just go to the huntinghappinessproject.com. So, Thanks again Sara for joining me.
Sara: Thank you. So lovely to meet you.
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