The Smile Project Ambassador Program is your opportunity to be part of a collective movement for joy. We believe that simple changes make a big difference and we know that when we are at our best, we have more to give to our loved ones and our communities. By joining the Ambassador Program, you are embracing the challenge to look for the good each day and to encourage others to do the same. Learn more or sign up today at the-smile-project.com/ambassador.
We are so proud of the folks that make up the ambassador program. Today, we are thrilled to feature Rachael Weinberg, who started recording “Happiness is” on September 17th, 2020. This is her story.
Liz: Let's start in traditional Smile Project fashion. Give us a favorite "Happiness is.”
Rachael: Day 236: Happiness is... completing a project you’ve been working on for a while. After 14 months, 68 pages, and 19,076 words, I completed my honors independent thesis!
Liz: Tell us a little about yourself.
Rachael: Hi, my name is Rachael, but most people call me Raych. I am from Pittsburgh, PA, which I wear as a badge of honor. I am also a recent graduate from Ithaca College, where I studied Art History and Cinema Production. My passions include horror movies, makeup, and accessible education. I want to continue with my studies and eventually, hopefully teach.
Liz: How did you get involved with The Smile Project and what made you start writing daily Happiness is?
Rachael: I got involved with The Smile Project when I was 15. I met Liz at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp). Liz (founder of The Smile Project) was a speaker there, and her words touched me. After that, I decided to make a SPARK club at my high school. She and I still kept in contact, and two years ago, she reached out to me about working with her at YEA Camp, an activism camp. There, she and I discussed The Smile Project more and grew as friends. Liz’s commitment to sharing joy impacted me. When I found out she wanted to make an ambassador program, I was super excited to share little aspects of joy from my day as well.
Liz: How has recording daily joy impacted your life?
Rachael: It has made me much more mindful of the good. When you commit to finding one piece of happiness each day, the good things get brighter and brighter as time goes on. I remember there being days early on where it was a struggle, but now I sometimes have a few too many since I am actively looking. It has allowed me to look beyond myself and see the good, which I sincerely appreciate.
Liz: Do you have a favorite quote or piece of advice that keeps you grounded or inspired?
Rachael: My greatest inspiration is Mister Rogers. Pittsburgh’s own, by the way! I often think about his three keys to success. He said, “There are three ways to ultimate success. The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” Now more than ever, we need a reminder to be kind to our neighbors.
Liz: What didn't we ask you that you'd like to share with us?
Rachael: You guys are doing such a fantastic job, and I’m so honored to be sharing joy with you on this journey! Sending out love and light!