Believing that the world is full of wonderful people doing wonderful things, Emily Coxhead is a designer, illustrator and creator of The Happy News, a newspaper celebrating only good news.
A graduate of Manchester School of Art, the simple aim of this 27-year-old entrepreneur is to make the world a happier place – which she has, many times over for team Cath, which is why we nominated her.
First published in December 2015, The Happy News began as a small idea when Emily realised the effect that the news was having on her especially whilst she was going through a difficult time herself. That little idea has only grown since then, into a bright spot on the nation’s feed through the trials and challenges of lockdown. We caught up with her on how to celebrate kindness, courage and selflessness in a time where happy news has never been more important.
Your work with The Happy News is so important, for people of all ages. We hear you’re now working with schools, too?
We launched The Happy News for Schools initiative in September 2020 with the main aim of providing schools in the UK with free happy newspapers. More than ever, we believe that children should be learning about the good stuff going on in the world.
We are incredibly excited and grateful to announce that the Bupa Foundation are helping us on our mission to send The Happy News to schools and have provided us with funding to send The Happy News to over 6,000 schools throughout this year! That’s on top of the schools we are already sending to, thanks to you, our amazing subscribers. For every two newspapers we send to you we will be sending one to a school in the UK for free.
We are so happy that so many schools and children will benefit from a little bit of positivity in the form of The Happy News this year.
Not only have your positive quotes brought us joy during the last year, but so has the beautiful way they’re illustrated. How do you think illustration/art/creativity helped yourself and others?
Hugely! I’ve always found writing and drawing to be my kind of therapy, ever since I was little. I find it really helps for me to write down my thoughts or feelings when I’m having a tough day, which in turn have had a real positive effect on lots more people who see my words and illustrations, which is magic.
A lot of the quotes/messages you share are about finding the joy in everyday and being accepting of the current situation (it’s okay to be struggling, we all are) how can we all start sharing this messaging more?
I think when we are struggling ourselves it can be hard to be positive and on some days, that’s really okay. I’m absolutely not positive all of the time but I find that when we search for the good stuff it has a ripple effect far greater than we realise. From complimenting somebody on something they’re wearing to saying hello to somebody walking their dog (that might be a northern thing!) it makes you feel a little better and makes them feel good. And they might just pass some of that positivity on to somebody else. It really doesn’t need to take a lot but the tiny moments of joy, especially right now, can be really important in a person’s day.