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, give-aways, 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
Once a month, the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership Office will coordinate an event to promote kindness. Events align with national holidays supporting 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
Each month there will be a donation drive which will be given to local community organizations such as the Eau Claire Area School District or the Beacon House. The donation drives will each last an entire month.
“We rise by lifting others” - Robert Ingersoll
2017 - 2018 Schedule
Intentional Acts of Kindness Schedule
Tuesday, September 12th: National Day of Encouragement
Receive positivity and encouragement during the second week of classes.
Thursday, October 5th: National Do Something Nice Day
Come to Davies to get free temporary tattoos and coffee while encouraging others to do something nice today!
Coffee and tattoos will be available from 11 a.m. until supplies last at a table in front of the Service Desk in Davies Center.
Tuesday, November 28th: Giving Tuesday
Support #GivingTuesday by donating to the Alternative Spring Break immersion trip or learn about other causes in the Chippewa Valley that could use your support.
Jars for donations and information about non-profits in Chippewa Valley will be available from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at a table in front of the Service Desk in Davies Center.
Monday, December 4th: National Sock Day and National Cookie Day
December 4th is both National Sock Day and National Cookie Day. Show your support for Sock Day by showing us your best pair of socks to get a free cookie! Additionally, Pair of Thieves will donate a pair of socks to someone in need when #nationalsockday is included in any social media post. So show off those stocking feet!
Cookies and a drop off spot for sock donations will be available from 11 a.m. until supplies last at a table in front of the Service Desk in Davies Center.
Friday, February 16th: National Random Acts of Kindness Day
Random Acts of Kindness week is February 11th - 17th so get out there and spread some joy! Be on the look out for encouraging post it notes around campus, a station where you can make your own notes of kindness, and enjoy free hot chocolate on Friday, February 16th to wrap up the week!
Kindness note station and hot chocolate will be available from 11 a.m. until supplies last at a table in front of the Service Desk in Davies Center.
Tuesday, March 13th: National Good Samaritan Day
Volunteers will be performing good samaritan acts throughout the day and encouraging you to do the same!
Thursday, April 26th: Appreciation Day
Before the end of the semester, send a note of appreciation to someone that has helped you in some way. A note creation station will be available to help you make your notes that you can deliver yourself, or we can send for you!
A note station will be available from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at a table in front of the Service Desk in Davies Center.
- February: Personal Care Supply Drive
Donated to Campus Harvest Food Pantry
- March: Clothing Drive
Donated to King's Closet