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February Art-A-Day

Join us for a new winter project! Do one creative thing each day in February. It can be small and imperfect - you don't need to be a proper artist. Share on social media tagging @gorgehappiness or not. Come together on February 29 from 5 -7pm at Dog River Coffee (411 Oak St, Hood River) to share (or not) and see what others have done. Click here for more info.

Calendar of Activities

Check our calendar to see the daily tasks that make it fun to keep to the 3 habits (or use the blank calendar to make your own!)

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Sign up to our mailing list to receive weekly emails during the month of October with inspiration, information about events, tips and tricks, news and more. Your email will not be sold or used in any other way.   Click here to sign up.

Facebook & Instagram

Join the Facebook group for daily doses of happiness through the Gorge and follow us on Instagram @gorgehappiness.

For Businesses & Orgs

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

Mindfulness Classes & Workshops

Want to incorporate moments of silence and meditation into your daily life or workplace? Emily Martin, certified mindfulness meditation teacher and forest bathing guide, offers Mind-Body tools for individuals, businesses, and families.  Classes, retreats, and workshops can be arranged to help participants manage their mental and emotional lives, to support nervous system regulation, and to learn to pause and respond inside and outside of the work place.  Contact to find out what might work for your needs.  View menu of offerings here.

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.

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.

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.   

Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to our sponsors over the past 7 years for helping to bring health and connection to the Gorge. We have purposely chosen not to actively seek major Sponsorships this year due to the more pressing needs in our community. But we would not have things in place today without their past support.

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 Gorge Happiness Month was created in 2016 to inspire everyone in the Gorge to do three simple things each day in October that are shown to make us happier: gratitudes, acts of kindness and moments of silence. The idea is to make our community healthier and more connected. Businesses and organizations throughout the Gorge have jumped in to make it great. How can you participate?
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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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