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CWU Students Investigate “What is Happiness?”

Thursday, May 23, will be Happiness Day at Central Washington University. The event is a project for students in the university’s William O. Douglas Honors College class, “What is Happiness?” 
“Happiness Day will create a positive atmosphere around campus by providing joyful and intellectually stimulating activities throughout the day,” said Natalie Lupton, who teaches the class and is a CWU Information Technology and Administrative Management professor.
Activities are planned for between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. throughout the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC). They will include guest speakers, music performances, bracelet making, video games, henna tattoos, caricatures by Central Washington Artists United, and outdoor activities, on the North Hall lawn, just north of the SURC, such as bocce ball and slacklining. Free giveaways are also planned.  
At 6:00 p.m. in Black 152, the student Neuroscience Club will sponsor a showing of the movie “Patch Adams,” and host a discussion about the correlation between positive behavior and happiness. 
“The mission of Happiness Day is to create a positive atmosphere at Central by providing fun activities and events around campus that students, faculty, and the community will enjoy,” Lupton added, noting the event is free and open to the public.
The class has actually spurred the inauguration of a Happiness Club on campus. Lupton said that Happiness Day may become an annual event at CWU.
Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,
Pictured are members of the Douglas Honors College students enrolled in the class

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