Get ready to get happy, April 9

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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:00 am

Omahans: April 9 is your day to get happy.

Mayor Jean Stothert has declared the day Omaha Day of Happiness in conjunction with the ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference, also on April 9, which has a theme centered around happiness.

“Happiness is more than an emotion, it’s a way of life,” Stothert said in a prepared statement. “On this Day of Happiness, we can all remember what is most important in our lives and turn one day into every day.”

Mary Prefontaine, ICAN President & CEO, added: “The United Nations International Day of Happiness was on March 20. Following in their footsteps, we want Omaha to have a conversation about how to be happy and what might radically change if we all embraced the happiness movement.”

Omaha businesses are celebrating, too. Immanuel Communities is distributing “Happy” bracelets to their residents and employees, asking their staff to have a conversation with team members about what makes each one of them happy.

First National Bank will offer giveaways and host a gathering over the lunch hour to celebrate happiness with its employees. Bungalow/8 Hairdressing is asking all staff and guests to write what makes them happy on a large poster hanging on their wall.

Prefontaine said research points to a correlation between happiness and success.

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