Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

We are nearing the middle of the semester, which can only mean one thing: stress. The midterms are piling up and the memories of a relaxing spring break are starting to fade away. Just in time to pull everyone out of their midterm comas are two events that will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face.

The second annual International Day of Happiness will be taking place this week on two separate dates. On Monday, March 21 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., psychology faculty member Steven Uhlenbrock will host a seminar in Main Hall 168. The seminar will focus on happiness and give attendees tools and tips on how to make life happier and more meaningful.

The topic of positive psychology will also be discussed, with stories from students who have taken the Positive Psychology class and have continued to use the tools in their everyday lives.

Later this week, on Friday, March 25, the academic quad will be the home to various tables and information sessions about happiness. There will be activities hosted by students of the Positive Psychology class, along with Psi Chi, the Psychology Club, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Sister 2 Sister, Active Minds, and the Association for Women’s Empowerment.

The goal is to give students, faculty and all members of the public knowledge on how to increase happiness both in the moment and for the long term. Both events are free and open to everyone, which are both great reasons to check them out.

This week’s events may not be able to do away with midterms and finals, but they will definitely give everyone a much-needed break from the stress that school brings.

Rachel Alfiero is a third-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in Latin American studies. They can be reached at

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