Happy billboard lifts Epping's spirits

Commuters can look up as they enter Epping train station for a message designed to make their day.

Picture: Geoff Jones.

Picture: Geoff Jones.

An initiative of artist Sarah Connor, the Happy Billboard Project was launched this week with a series of positive messages emblazoned at train stations across the city in spaces normally reserved for ads.

Sometimes we’re so easily focused on the negatives. - Sarah Connor

The uplifting messages include comments like ‘‘everything is going to be OK’’ and ‘‘you have enough’’ to counteract our bombardment with commercial messages and remind us to smile.

‘‘It’s almost like a change of perspective,’’ Ms Connor said. ‘‘Sometimes we’re so easily focused on the negatives.’’

The Epping billboard was installed on Tuesday. Ms Connor said on Wednesday, an Epping commuter uploaded an Instagram photo of the sign and thanked the project organisers for the reminder, which she spotted as she rushed to work while running late.

Ms Connor, of Adelaide, said she got the idea after she started a group with friends called Spread Happy and took to the streets in orange clothing and carried signs decorated with cheerful messages.

‘‘We just did that for fun, making people have a more inspiring day or to lift their spirits.’’

The initiative, which was partially community funded through online crowd-sourcing site Pozible, reached its $15,000 target as of March 31.

Other Sydney train stations with happy billboards include Bondi Junction, North Sydney, Wynyard and Martin Place.

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