Emily Coxhead Is Wholly Dedicated to Making People Happy

Emily Coxhead describes herself as a “fluffy-haired, smiley kinda thing but also a designer, illustrator and happy thing maker.” Her work, though varied, carries the same air of positivity, with the goal of making other people happy. A worthy cause, if nothing else.

Her website, The Happy News, launched in 2015, reports on positive changes and truly inspiring people – a cheerful twist on what we know as news. It’s a newspaper that celebrates the good, and God knows we could use a little good.

“The fact that I can do what makes me happy for a living whilst also making others happy surely has to be the best thing ever!” she told Virgin. “I thought if I could make a few people’s worlds a little happier then that’s what I would do until I figured out what I was going to do for a ‘proper’ job,” she recalled. “I set up a Kickstarter to fund the first issue of The Happy Newspaper, a newspaper to celebrate all the good stuff going on in the world.”

She hasn’t looked back since, and with appearances on BBC and HuffPost, amongst others, it’s clear that people are taking notice. Aside from her website, Coxhead released a range of greeting cards and merchandise, published her book Make Someone Happy with Penguin Random House, and continues to sparkle positivity through her Instagram page.

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JUST wrapped up Issue 14 of @thehappynewspaper… 😅 After the @bbcnews feature, @nowthisnews, Australian TV and all the other ridiculous/terrifying interviews I did a few weeks ago, we have reached over 10,000 happy news subscribers!! 😱🤯 That's more than double last quarter. I can't even begin to comprehend that amount of people. I never everrr had that expectation in mind when I started this funny little newspaper… Of course (after I decided I was doing more than 1 issue) I hoped it would grow but I never expected it to and I certainly never would've put a number on it because I'd have just been disappointed. Instead… since 2015, every time I got a new subscriber it felt incredible✨ I got a super shit email Sunday morning, one of those that puts into question everything you are and do even though you know it should just be ignored. Ironic as I've spent basically all of my 'bank holiday' weekend finishing the newspaper because that's what you do when you're passionate about something, when you really really care (probably a little too much sometimes). I realise that there's a growing number of people here (as well as subscribers!) and I guess not everyone knows what actually goes into the happy news… The reality is… We're a very small team of real life humans with thoughts, feelings, shit going on etc which includes.. me 💁🏼‍♀️ (creator/designer/illustrator/part editor/part fact checker/full-time promoter/cheerleader… all singing all dancing all living and breathing rarely switch off happy newspaper advocate), my editor and so much more @zabbyallen 🙋🏼‍♀️, assistant and a million other jobs @serenity_va 🦸🏻‍♀️, three writers (Abi, David and Una) and two feature writers @gabrielletreanor and Bex, our new freelance illustrator @rachelsuzanneillustration and gorgeous poem writer and there with a cup of tea when I need her @sophie.powles… That's it! I reckon we‘d class as one of the tiniest newspaper teams to ever exist but it's the most bloody marvellous team I could wish for and I am SO unbelievably grateful for their time and love. Surround yourself with people who feel like sunshine, always 🌞💛

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Happyyy International Women’s Day ladies! 💗🌻💪🏼✨ I know it’s a bit late in the day but to be quite honest I’ve felt like crap all day and my head has been so fuzzy I couldn’t think of anything to add to what I wrote last year (which I posted on @thehappynewspaper this morning ☺️). I know today is just a day, celebrating women shouldn’t be restricted to JUST one day and I do my best to be a cheerleader, a voice, a listener and everything else combined all year round but it felt weird not saying anything, even though days like today can feel like an added pressure to say the right thing or use my platform in the ‘right way’. We’ve come such a long way in terms of equality and women’s rights (thanks to those who have fought for it for MANY years) and of course, there’s still such a long way to go and I certainly don’t know all the answers… I just know that we need more of the championing, the inspiring, the standing up for what’s right, the speaking up even when it feels awkward and less of the hateful comments, moments of judgement and the idea that there isn’t enough room for everyone … no matter what your gender, age, race or nationality 💪🏼💗 I feel SO proud and lucky to have been surrounded by strong, brave, funny, brilliant women my whole life and I’ll continue to do everything in my power to follow in their footsteps and make them proud x #iwd2019

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