You create the love, we'll share it with your favourite people. It's that simple.
WELCOME TO PROJECT HAPPY NOTE
Hello there! Letterboxes; what comes up in your mind? The 1940s war photos of a wife longingly awaiting a letter from her sweetheart? The childhood memories of a familiar handwritten letter from a pen pal or a postcard from your BFF? Whatever memories that image stirs up for you, all these images have one thing in common: connection.
Here at PHN we love connection. It’s at the heart of everything we do. And while we’re on the subject of hearts, we’re all about meaningful connection. Not your round-robins, or your anonymous notes from estate agents. We want to help create connections that change situations, that deepen friendships, that transform lives for those who need it the most. So, we’ve made it our mission to help you as you do just that. Enter centre stage; YOU! Our bespoke and tailored gifts are designed for you to send to friends and family who are facing rough times or just need a top up of joy in their lives. What’s not to love!
DISCOVER YOUR ANIMAL CARD
Take a short quiz to find out which animal captures your unique attributes here. Include a cute-as-I animal cut-out in your customized card to remind your friend or family member who you are and why you care.
1. Find your animal
Take our quiz to find your animal.
2. Write your note
Write a personalised message to someone you’re thinking about. We will handwrite it on your card for you.
3. Send your card
Send your card to someone special!
More and more people are affected by the threat of burnout, an emotional state of exhaustion and stress. With the pandemic especially, we’ve seen unexplored avenues of stress – from the pressure of adapting to the virtual world and the reduced ease of being in the presence of friends. We may experience a lack of control, confined in the monotonous routine at home and away from the schedules we were once so used to. We may not be used to the dynamics of work-from-home and may be uncertain about what the revised expectations are. With burnout having affected 595,000 people in the UK in 2018 (BBC, 2020), and nearly half of UK healthcare workers during this ongoing pandemic, it is a serious disease that needs to be addressed at all levels of society.
One of the first steps away from burnout is to find happiness in bursts of surprise; to re-frame one’s perspective and discover the beauty in interacting with others through joy and laughter. Given that laughter itself is a mood booster through the release of endorphins, which counteract stress-inducing hormones, there is already scientific backing that (good) surprise can naturally make you feel better.
Whether it’s paired with joy, anger, or fear, surprise goes a long way in influencing the way we react to both the situation at hand and to the parties involved. What we love most about surprise, however, is the curiosity it evokes; the positivity found in the mundane; and the spark of thought it inspires in the mind. Connecting with others and finding solace in distraction can also be a great way to escape from the burden – even temporarily.
Cherish the gift of surprise. We’ll take care of gifting the rest.
In July 2018, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She was living in Canada and I was living in the UK. I researched what I could do from afar and wanted to bring some happiness into her life during this difficult time.
What I began to find was that most things in the cancer gifting market were about the disease and were a constant reminder that something was wrong. As the months progressed, and with more and more treatments and appointments, I saw how cancer became the elephant in the room.
She had lost her joy in life, and her family and friends were at a loss to know what to say or how to help.
I wanted to create an experience to remind her of the things she enjoyed and to have an alternative way to talk about her situation, especially from afar. I created small gifts and notes that I tucked away for her every day.
She anticipated daily what the gift would be and what the note would say. With every small gift and every note, mother and daughter came together in a refreshed way. Words and gifts brought joy, and because of this occurrence, Project Happy Note was born.