The Happiness Project is a collaborative effort between the University Activities Commission and the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership Office to promote a campus community filled with happiness.
We strive to create and spread happiness across the student body and community through three facets: gratitude, kindness, and giving.
Elements of the Happiness Project
Each Tuesday volunteers from the University Activities Commission will target increasing students' gratitude through random activities, giveaways, and conversation starters. Research shows that practicing gratitude increases positive moods compared to individual's who do not practice gratitude. Additionally, people who practice gratitude are more likely to support people and complete acts of service.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough."- Melodie Beatty
Intentional Acts of Kindness
This is a call to action to get involved in kindness yourself. A suggestion list is below with a variety of ideas that support acts of encouragement, service, and gratitude.
"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." - Princess Diana
Driving for Happiness
Throughout the year, we will be collecting donation items for Campus Harvest, the on-campus food pantry, and the Campus Closet, a new initiative that collects business professional attire for students. All donations can be dropped off in the Hub, the Student Life Resource space, Davies 120A.
“We rise by lifting others” - Robert Ingersoll
Ways to Spread Kindness
Looking for ways to showcase your kindness? Check out our list of 75 ways to spread some happiness!
Want other ways to celebrate kindness? Take a look at our calendar of happiness-related national holidays that you can celebrate all year long!