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International Day of Happiness - March 20

Staff prepare of International Day of Happiness CSD Positive Psychology teacher leaders spread happiness at Wednesday's faculty meetings in preparation for the International Day of Happiness on March 20. According to positive psychology researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, individuals have great control over their happiness. Half of our happiness is based upon our genetics, 10 percent on our life circumstances, and the remaining 40 percent is based on  actions, thoughts and life choices.

Designated by the United Nations in 2013, March 20 is the day for happiness, which, according to scientists, may strengthen immune systems, make hearts healthier, reduce stress and maybe even lengthen life. (Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkley)

Cedarbrook teachers thought of five things that made them smile and posted their replies for all to see. At Wyncote, students and staff are adding orange tags to their brightly lit happiness tree to illustrate what makes them happy. At Myers, teachers were encouraged to write anonymous notes to each other that point out each others strengths, and hang them on their happiness tree. On Wednesday, March 20 at 3:20 p.m. Glenside Elementary will dance to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” At Elkins Park, teachers are adding their happy act post-it notes to a bright orange happiness board, and Myers children will try to identify the smiles of their teachers and staff in the main hall.