The United Nations International Happiness Day couldn’t come at a better time.
On the day of the presidential primary in Missouri, residents have had their fill of Republican and Democratic television attack ads, unruly weekend protests in downtown Kansas City during GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s raucous appearance and overall meanness in the campaign. It causes those people who do bother to vote to cast ballots out of disgust.
The tension and anxiety balled up in all of that mess heads west next week to Arizona, Idaho and Utah.
Here and elsewhere throughout the country, people can gain relief by taking part in the third annual #HappyActs campaign in honor of the U.N. sanctioned International Happy Day on March 20. Live Happy magazine is helping in this global movement for people to spread joy through simple acts of kindness both in person and online.
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From Friday through Sunday, the magazine is encouraging people to post information on their small acts of kindness on their social media pages such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Folks who are more hands-on can visit more than 70 Happiness Walls nationwide to to post their #HappyActs.
Most of the walls will go up on Saturday with some cities holding events throughout the weekend.
In the Kansas City area, the Happiness Wall will be at the Legend Shopping Center in front of the Nike Outlet Store in Kansas City, Kan. People can post their acts of kindness on the Happiness Wall starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Happiness Walls also will go up at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peters City Hall in St. Peters, Mo.; Landmark Bank, 801 E. Broadway, at 10 a.m. in Columbia, Mo.; and Capital Building Lawn, 100 block of Madison St., at 9 a.m. in Jefferson City.
“#HappyActs are small actions with a big impact that can make someone’s day a little brighter,” Live Happy says in a statement. “It can be anything and as simple as a hug, a kind word or helping a neighbor.”
The importance of happiness can’t be overstated — particularly in these contentious, difficult times. Happiness helps boost the immune system, adding to longevity, improving personal relationships, increasing creativity and overall satisfaction.
In many cases acts of kindness don’t cost a thing. But they can have an invaluable effect on improving the lives of others and the community where people live.
If that’s not enough to be and share happiness, Live Happy will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters for every #HappyAct shared at a Happiness Wall.
If only the U.N. International Happy Day could continue year-round. Wouldn’t it also be wonderful if some of that happiness could be sprinkled on the presidential, congressional and state candidates and all of the distasteful politics would go away in one purple, smelly poof?
Just imagine also how happiness could make the dysfunction and gridlock of government completely go away. It’s OK to dream as we head into what promises to be a pretty happy weekend.