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March 20, 2017: International Day of Happiness

"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions". — Dalai Lama

The International Day of Happiness recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and should be seen as a vital tool for measuring personal success.

Happiness Appreciation Awards

Through acts of appreciation, we can help to increase someone else's happiness levels while increasing our own. Nominate someone who has made you happy, helped you out — or perhaps needs some cheering up — by telling us a quick story of what they have done. They will then be emailed an e-card with their happiness award and your message (if you choose), to let them anonymously know they brightened someone's day!

Nominations are now closed and being processed. 

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Events at the U of A

March 1 - 15
Wellness Champion Nominations

March 3 - 20
Happiness Appreciation Award Nominations

March 13 - 17
Health Week 2017

March 20
U of A Friendship Bench Launch
Rutherford Atrium
2 - 3:30 p.m.

March 20
Various events in HUB/SUB/CAB from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., including:

  • Happy Face Scavenger Hunt - find posters of happy faces around campus and share on social media
  • Henna and Origami spaces
  • Mandalas coloring stations
  • “Subway therapy”...'happiness is'...colour post-its.
March 20
International Day of Happiness event
Telus Centre
4 - 7 p.m. 

Activities include:

  • scavenger hunt
  • board game café
  • marshmallow roast
  • henna tatoos
  • photo booth
  • prizes
  • food and more!

March 20
Unitea Pop Up Tea Party
Rutherford Atrium
2 - 3:30 p.m.

March 20
Spoonful of Happiness workshop

March 23
Colour Me Happy (engineering students)

Upcoming Days of Action

Each year, the Community Social Work Team works with partners from across campus on "Days of Action", providing information, engaging in discussion, and challenging stigma at the University of Alberta.

September 11, 2017
World Suicide Prevention Day