Finding Happiness in the Darkest Times

Feb 23, 2021 | Newsletter, Video

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

I planned to talk about grief this week. But instead, I decided to talk about happiness. Because they are connected. The more happiness you have with someone, the more you grieve when they’re not here anymore.

My dear friend Robina, who is a Buddhist nun, has huge knowledge and a great sense of humor. I listen to her talks often, and happiness is one of the topics she discusses frequently. Which got me to thinking about how we find the happiness we are seeking.

Happiness is a choice. Even the worst situation gives us the opportunity to improve spiritually. Sometimes we struggle to find happiness even when things are going well. We think happiness should be coming from someone or somewhere. But the happiness that we are really looking for comes from the inside.

In my video this week I discuss how to find your happiness even in dire circumstances.

Select the video above to watch it. If you’d like to see my videos each week, click the thumbs-up “like” button and the “Subscribe” button when you’re in YouTube. I’d love to have you as a subscriber!


At The Sunny Center, we work with Exonerees to help them heal from the trauma of wrongful conviction, find happiness, and start them on the path to building a healthy, fulfilling life. Please consider making a donation to The Sunny Center by clicking the button below.


You Can Help Exonerees

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Click here to go to Paul’s wish list.
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Thank you so much for your support! And don’t forget, you can purchase through smile.amazon.com and select The Sunny Center Foundation USA, Inc. as your charity of choice.


Support for Exonerees

If you are an Exoneree who needs someone to talk to, or needs help in some way, contact us. Even though we are not yet allowed to travel or bring others to us, we can connect over the phone or online.

Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter

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You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

You Are Beautiful

It doesn’t matter what shape you are or what size you are. It matters how you feel inside. You are who you are. That’s you. The beauty comes from the energy that you radiate from within.

Exoneree Terry Wanzer, In His Own Words

Terry Wanzer was exonerated in 1996. But it took more than 24 years for the state of Georgia to clear his record. Read Terry’s story.

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Our Activism: Moving the Needle for Exonerees

March was another great month for activism. We got the word out about the struggle that Exonerees face after being freed, and raised awareness of the need for housing, counseling, medical care, and more – all the things that humans have a right to, and that have been denied to Exonerees for so long.

Watch: Dealing With Grief

It seems these days there is more and more to grieve about: the loss of our normal way of life, the inability to gather together. And sometimes we have to grieve over the emotions that we have to put aside until another time.

One Year On, A Silver Lining During the Time of Covid

Finding a connection even during social distancing. Connection is at the heart of what we do at The Sunny Center. And the pandemic, while making it harder to connect for everyone, made things especially hard for Exonerees. Whether they were recently released or have...

Exoneree David Stonecypher, In His Own Words

David Stonecypher was exonerated in 2019 after more than a decade behind bars in the Philippines. Like many Exonerees, he is facing the challenge of building a new life in a world that has changed dramatically while he was struggling to prove his innocence.

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