March 15, 2016
International Day of Happiness comes to Fountain Square
If you’re still trying to find your “Happy Place,” look no further than Fountain Square. On March 19, Fountain Square will play host to a full day of activities as part of the International Day of Happiness. Established by the United Nations in 2013, the day is designed to inspire people around the world to become aware of how all of us can help make the world a happier place. As part of the celebration, Live Happy magazine is hosting “Happiness Walls” at more than 100 locations throughout the world, allowing people to post their “Happy Acts.”
However, for Cincinnati’s celebration, the wall is just the beginning.
“We wanted to make this a bigger, happier event,” says Susan Holt, wall captain and co-coordinator. “There are so many ways to celebrate happiness, and in a time when there is so much attention given to the negativity in the world, we wanted a day to showcase all the positive things out there – and let Cincinnati shine.”
From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Fountain Square will come alive with a series of performances and interactive acts of happiness. The day will include laughter yoga sessions, an art station for kids to make “happy masks,” fitness instructor “Big John” Drury will lead the crowd in the “Happy” dance. Members of the Highland High School and Indian Hill High School cheerleading squads will man the Lemonades for Littles to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Girl Scout Cadette Troop 41645 will also bring its “Smile, the World Needs It” campaign to the square. Even Mayor John Cranley has gotten behind the event, making an official proclamation that March 19 is Cincinnati’s Day of Happiness.
And, as a backdrop to it all, the giant orange Happiness Wall will be there for visitors to share their acts of happiness with the world. For each happiness act posted on the wall, Live Happy will donate $1 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.
“Cincinnati has so much to celebrate,” says Mary Miller, CEO of JANCOA and co-coordinator of the event. “A lot of times, that gets overlooked by the negative messages in the news. This year, more than ever, I think it’s a great time to remind Cincinnati that we have a lot to be happy about, and this is a fun way to do that.”
For a complete schedule of events, activities and times, or to participate, visit the Cincinnati Day of Happiness Facebook page. For more about the International Day of Happiness click here.