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Pamela Gail founded the Secret Society of Happy People in 1998 to provide a missing voice for happy people who want to talk more about happiness without other people raining on their parade. Her interactions with thousands of people from the happy to the unhappy, have given her a unique vantage point to better understand how we can be happy most of the time. 

She is the author of Don't Even Think of Raining on My Parade: Adventures of the Secret Society of Happy People (PJ Press, June 2000).

Pamela lives in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville, works in business development for a Fortune 500 company. In her "free time" she writes the Society newsletter and manages all of the Society's social media. She's also working on her next book, The Secret Society of Happy People's Happiness Handbook: Being Happy Most of the Time.

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Knowing about happiness intellectually is different than understanding its practical complexities. It's easy to say don't do things that make you unhappy and only do things that make you happy. But life isn't linear. We don't live only happy or unhappy moments. If we watch our Facebook feed or Twitter stream, we can see something that makes us laugh and something else that makes us cry in the same sixty minutes. If you want to be happy most of the time, you have to figure out how to do it despite the chaos, unhappiness and annoyances. Those things are going…

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Unhappiness Happens… But So Does Happiness!

I'd like to tell you that you can be happy all of the time or that happiness is always about choice. But I can't because I don't believe it. I know some people believe it and claim to live it. And if you're one of them, I'm very happy for you... and even a little envious. But for those who seek happiness because we aren't happy all of the time, the best advice I know to give is this, "Happiness happens. Unhappiness happens." If you want to be happy you can't ignore unhappiness. Sometimes our unhappiness is of our own…

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