For those looking to find joy or spread some happiness, Action for Happiness of Washington DC is holding its second annual Hugfest in observation of the International Day of Happiness at Dupont Circle Park on March 20th from 6pm to 7:00pm. The general public and visitors are welcome to receive or give hugs to increase the level of happiness in the District of Columbia.
Participants can registered here or just show up for the fun on March 20th at 6 p.m in Dupont Circle.
“Why a hug fest? We want to do something out of the ordinary to make DC’s residents smile or laugh. By offering free hugs in the grey days of winter, we hope to raise the level of happiness in our local community,” said Michael Lennon, DC’s Action for Happiness founder and group leader.
Last year, the United Nations declared March 20th the International Day of Happiness. This year, Major Vincent Gray of the District of Columbia and Major William D. Euille of City of Alexandria issued official proclamations declaring March 20th as the “International Day of Happiness” in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia.
In the proclamation, Major Gray acknowledges “the importance of happiness building practices to significantly boost life-long well-being.” Likewise, Major William D. Euille encourages “people in the community to observe the day and participate in happiness-affirming practices.” Lennon confirms the importance of making more meaningful connections with others around you, stating. “I was surprised that most people were receptive and appreciative, even those who declined a hug. But, I was even more surprised by how my own happiness increased by simply offering hugs to strangers,” stated Lennon. Visit the event. (See the video from last year’s event, http://action4happiness2014.eventbrite.com).