EWU Pursuit of Happiness Week a Success

Did you see the bright orange Happy Travels Cart surrounded by smiling students, and Happy Counts balloons wildly flopping in the wind during National Pursuit of Happiness Week, April 13-20? During the first-ever EWU Pursuit of Happiness Week, each day had a theme, i.e., stress awareness, cultural vitality, social vitality, compassion and connectedness, and activities ranged from mini-lectures by experts on happiness and compassion to 35 non-profits showcasing meaningful work to dance performances to hands-on stress relief activities. Did you notice some great dancers in the PUB outdoor mall? Or Watch the ‘Happy’ movie in Tawanka? Learn some positive psychology theory for personal and workplace experiences, stress management tips, as well as contemplation and meditation techniques from experts in the field? And most importantly, did you take the Happiness survey yet?

Thanks to the EWU library staff, some great faculty and guest presenters, wonderful campus clubs, and more than 25 recreation majors running the Happy Travels Cart, we had 214 individuals take the survey: 131 students, 41 staff, 19 faculty, and 23 community members. Thanks also to the many faculty who suggested the survey in class or offered bonus points to take it. The good news is that it’s not too late to take the survey – the more the merrier for sample size and data – and you have until the end of May.

If you are hesitant to take the survey because you are not actually “happy” right now, listen up. The data gathered measures ten domains of well-being; and an organization can only assist it’s population if it is known where trouble spots lie. Here is a chance to make a difference in your campus community and for your voice to be heard. The survey takes a mere ten minutes and will be online until the end of May. Simply get on the Happycounts.org website and press the blue survey button. When it asks for a referral code, type in either EWUstudent2013, EWUstaff2013, EWUfaculty2013 or EWUCheney2013.

Get your friends and family on board to take the survey, and discover more about what you AND your organization can do to increase the quality of life.  Call/email Dr. Barb Brock for more information: 509/359-6040 or bbrock@ewu.edu.