Health Happiness Month: Doing simple acts for yourself, others

One Community Health, the provider based in Hood River and The Dalles, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in October 2016 with a month of activities based on the science of happiness, designed to make our community healthier.

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Happiness Month events are at Hood River Library on Friday, Sept. 30 from, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; The Dalles City Park /Farmers’ Market on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Goldendale Library Oct. 1 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Stevenson Library on Oct. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

They call it Gorge Happiness Month, a month of activities based on the science of happiness designed to make our community healthier. Events are planned, but they want people in each community to create their own happiness builders, and have provided a list of specific ideas for daily boosts to our individual happiness.

OCH has provided a variety of ideas for how individuals, organizations and businesses can participate in Gorge Happiness Month.

Individuals simply take the Happiness Index Survey this month, do things in October that make them happy, then take the survey again at the end of the month.

To participate, simply offer something at the event that helps make people happy: a hair salon can give short head massages, non-profits can give a list of easy ways to volunteer, a real estate company can give tips for making your home happier. Meet once a week with people who are participating. Groups are given a simple structure to follow. For example: people set goals, report how they are doing and then do one new exercise together. You will be sent a weekly guide.

Use staff email, social media or other outlets to spread the word and increase interests. Sign up to the OCH Facebook page.

and re-post happiness month posts, or simply add a sign or poster to your office or store.

Offer something that helps make people happy and we can add it to the calendar — for example, a cooking class with fresh foods, a workshop by a life coach, a social event to meet new people, a free yoga or workout class, a workshop on decluttering … anything that makes people happy.

To sign up or participate, go to

It would make Hood River News happy to add a slight incentive. Come November, send us a description, up to 500 words, of what you did during Happiness Month, to Go ahead and attach a photo to tell your story. Deadline is Nov. 15.

The first three submissions have their choice of gift certificates redeemable for bowling, a local brew pub, or fresh produce — three things that definitely make us happy.

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