My Own Happiness Project

My Own Happiness Project
because happiness begins inside and flows out...

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ever when i grow up......

Reading through the website of the real Patch Adams leaves me a sobering realisation that whatever he is, I am not. It isn't the most joyous feeling to have to start a weekend with, but impressive enough to know that if I ever want to grow up to be like him, I've got to buck-up, get some serious planning done.... and put on my red nose.

Hunter Campbell "Patch" Adams, M.D. (born May 28, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is an American physician, social activist, citizen diplomat, professional clown, performer, and author. He founded the Gesundheit! Institute in 1972. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries (including post-war Bosnia in 1998) where they dress as clowns, to bring hope and joy to orphans, patients, and other people. His life inspired the film Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams. Adams is currently based in Arlington, Virginia. In collaboration with the institute, he promotes a different health care model (i.e. one not funded by insurance policies).