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Student Group Spreads Happiness

The Conway Happiness Movement is on a mission to brighten your day and it is starting by cleaning up your community.

The group is hosting its first annual Salem Walking Trail and Tucker Creek cleanup at 5 p.m. today. The event is open to everyone. Bring gloves, trash bags, snacks, wear old clothes and meet the group at the Salem Road entrance to the trail.

The Conway Happiness Movement, which is currently an unofficial student organization, started as a class project about two months ago. Students in a small-group communications class were inspired by “The Happy Movie,” which was shown in Reynolds Performance Hall. The film explores what makes people happy and how happiness can be attained.

The point of the Conway Happiness Movement is simple.

“Making people happy is the goal,” according to Matt Pearson, one of the group’s founders.

Pearson said that he got the idea for the Salem Walking Trail and Tucker Creek cleanup while biking on the trail in the rain and he saw large amounts of garbage floating in the creek.

Another project that the group is organizing is “#RandomActsofKindness,” a Twitter feed devoted to giving attention to good deeds. The Conway Happiness Movement’s blog instructs its readers to use social media to give “shout-outs” when they witness or perform acts of kindness.

If you’re interested in joining the Conway Happiness Movement, you can contact members through the group’s blog, the official Conway Happiness Movement Twitter feed, or by email at [email protected]

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