About the Happiness Month

Happiness is good for your health. A review of hundreds of studies has found compelling evidence that happier people have better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers. Interestingly, 50% of our happiness is genetic, 10% is environmental, but the rest is in our control. Why? Because 40% of our happiness can be helped through habits. So to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, One Community Health created this month of activities based on the science of happiness, designed to make our community healthier. Businesses and organizations throughout the Gorge have jumped in to make it great. Get started below!

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For Businesses & Orgs

Partner with us in any number of ways to show the Gorge that you're helping to spread happiness.

For Educators

If you are doing something for Happiness Month in your classroom, we'd love to hear it (pictures please!)  And if you are looking for ideas, click here for a resource with lesson plans for grads K - 12 by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.


Join the Facebook group for daily doses of happiness through the Gorge Click here

Start or Join a Group

Meet once a week to check in with others on how you’re doing with your daily activities. Studies show this helps you to keep to new habits.  Click here for more information...  

Take the Happiness Index Survey

This confidential survey will give you a happiness score and show you how you compare to other people in the world. It also tells you which areas you can boost up. Come back at the end of the month to see if things changed. Create a personal profile to see the two scores together and to contribute to a Gorge-wide score.

Year Round Happiness Group

4th Wednesday of each month, 6pm at the Hood River Library Join us each month to discuss about the topic of happiness in all its forms. We will also be following along with the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin which explores different tactics month by month. Moderated by Lucy Mason. All are welcome to join at any time.

Happiness App

If you have an iPhone, we have a handy app that keeps you up on the latest events and makes it easy to do your Daily 3: capture your gratitudes, jot down your kindnesses, and time your silences. Click here to download      

Calendar of Activities

Check our calendar to see the upcoming events near you  

Events By Town

    To make it easier, click here to see a list of events by area.      

The Daily 3

  • Gratitudes: Find time each day to list three things for which you are thankful. This can be written on paper or just in your thoughts. These may be as simple as a yummy lunch, an extra soft pillow or the sunshine today. Or it can be grander. You decide. It’s the act of gratitude that counts.
  • Acts of kindness: This can be as easy as smiling at a cashier, saying thank you to a co-worker, or complimenting a stranger. Once during the month, look for a way to volunteering or help the community.
  • Moments of Silence: Sit silently for just five minutes per day. This means turning off the TV, computer, radio, and cell phone. As you sit, observe the thoughts in your head, the sounds you hear around you or other sensations that come and go. Keep your eyes closed if you want or just look at one thing about three feet in front of you. Don’t beat yourself up if you mind wanders - just notice it and come back to observing and listening.   
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Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

Thomas Jefferson

Happiness depends upon ourselves


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