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

Support an Exoneree directly by purchasing a needed item for them!

Click here to go to Paul’s wish list.
Click here to go to Danny’s wish list.
Click here to go to Joseph’s wish list.

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

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

How to Avoid Toxicity

At a time when it seems so many people in the world are expressing so much anger and hatred, how do you maintain your balance? Watch my latest video and share with us on social media!

About Our Wish List Program

One of our most impactful programs that arose during, and because of, the Covid-19 pandemic is the Wish List program. Through this, people who want to help an Exoneree directly can do so.

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

While the start of summer certainly feels much calmer and more certain than it did last year, plenty of activity is going on at The Sunny Center!

More Than 2,700 Exonerees Need Your Help

The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

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.

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