This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
Sponsor 15 people to attend Happiness U so they can integrate what they learn into their community. We share and document the results.
Sponsor 15 people to attend Happiness U so they can integrate what they learn into their community. We share and document the results. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
INFUSE 15 lives with happiness and nurture the seed of a happiness revolution!
We'll document it and share the results!
We believe that the only way to find happiness is to find it within ourselves. And the only way to sustain it, is to take responsibility for our own lives.
We want to create a revolution, a social movement in Hawaii, of people committed to their own transformation, because we know that one person’s happiness can catalyze a chain reaction so powerful, that it changes not only their lives, but the lives of everyone they touch.
From online blog to published book!
The 15 sponsored students will document their journey towards happiness as it is happening, publish the progress and successes online along the way, and then we would compile their stories in a published book at the end of the project.
This book would be an inspirational showcase of how everyday people can find meaning and personal happiness by committing to themselves, and the ways in which they are able to pay it forward in their communities.
We are BEYOND excited, for this campaign so at least 15 people can attend Happiness U and find what they need in life. Together we can make a difference in someone's life!
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE DOING
This campaign is to fund scholarships so more people can benefit through attending Happiness U. We want to document the story and turn it into an inspirational blog and eventually book in order to help others see the value of investing in themselves.
We are located in Honolulu Hawaii, and thrive on helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives. People come for positive perspectives, mindset guidance, stress relief, life purpose, laughter and more. Our classes and workshops introduce life tools and proven strategies, addressing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life.
We love sharing our expertise and would love to partner with you to make a difference.
What we hear most is that people want to improve their lives by attending Happiness U, but they don’t have the money to do so. Or, some who do have the resources prioritize the needs of others over themselves, and can’t justify spending the money on something they want to do without feeling guilty.
US! With your support and Happiness U’s team of inspired teachers, together we can really make a difference in the lives of those who have sincere desire and commitment to better their life. Together we can provide the vehicle that can help someone who needs and wants to achieve positive change.
Imagine that you are someone who wants to make your life better, but you just don’t have the funds to attend regularly. How would it feel to be awarded the opportunity to finally get the guidance you need and be able to move through some of your life challenges? Inspiring, right?
Or imagine that you have the money, but feel guilty spending it on yourself because you’re always helping others, and then to be awarded a scholarship so you can finally work on yourself free of guilt? Wow.
Or perhaps you need accountability and know that you’re the type to flake out, only to find that the Happiness U’s scholarship program requires you to attend and do homework, which virtually guarantees you’ll make progress. Oh yes!
HOW A HAPPINESS U SCHOLARSHIP WORKS
Once we have a scholarship to award, we put it out to the community. Those who are interested fill out an application. CLICK HERE TO VIEW This helps us to gauge suitability to our program, understand their needs, the area they need the most help, and their ability to commit to themselves.
From the applicants, we select those who seem to be the best candidates and bring them in for an interview by our management team. In 2016 we had two students complete their one year scholarships with us.
“Happiness U taught me how to look differently at the world, and not to worry about why things happen the way they do. I used to think my life was half over, and I needed to get ready for the sunset “on golden pond.” Now I look at life as still having so much time to live, learn achieve, reach for bigger goals, and be open to opportunity. Thanks to the Happiness U scholarship for all of this.” - Susan Spegar
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship allows the recipient to have full access to everything we do for the duration of the scholarship. It includes everything that Happiness U has to offer to help an individual reach their greatest potential in the areas that want to grow. This includes all classes, events, weekend workshops, excursions, food, t-shirts, books, community gatherings, online library of classes, as well as our Facebook live classes for when they can’t physically attend.
Recipients sign a contract and agree to attend in person at least twice a month, and watch at least 2 additional classes online each month. They are also required to take our online classes at their own pace. Each month they are required to write reflections of the month, and new awareness. This is posted publicly so others can be inspired by their change.
HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED
From experience we know that the longer one attends, the greater the potential for change and the more time we have with someone, the more impact we can have on their mindset and perspective.
Though you can participate in this fundraiser by providing a one-time class attendance, we are hoping to raise enough funds for multiple long term scholarships where the greatest change happens.
FAQ’s ABOUT HAPPINESS U
Happiness U is a unique concept and we get many questions about what we are, and what we do. Here are some answers to the most common questions:
What is Happiness U?
Happiness U is a place where anyone can take classes that are of interest, providing insight and tools that can be used on a daily basis. It is for people who are interested in personal growth, positive philosophy, and want to live life more empowered physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. It’s like Oprah’s, Super Soul Sunday meets Ted-X, as one member said.
How long is the program? When is enrollment? Do you get a “degree” in something for graduating?
We are not like a “traditional” school in that we do not have specific enrollment periods, nor do we have a curriculum that must be completed in order to graduate. You pick and choose what you want to learn, and come to classes at any time. The more you come, the more you benefit.
If you choose to become a member, there is no “degree” in “happiness” that you are working towards – you do it for yourself.
Is Happiness U linked to or associated with any religious or non-profit organizations?
No. We are not affiliated with any religious, non-denominational, non-profit, or spiritual organization. We do not sell products that are affiliated with any network marketing company, nor are we based on any other existing business model known. We are not a franchise of a mainland organization or even based on something that we saw somewhere else.
We are a new concept, first in the world (as far as we know). We are a small business, interested in helping people find greater peace and happiness in their lives.
Is it only for adults? What is the age group of people that attend classes? Is it just for women?
Right now the classes are geared for adults, and the current attendance age is anywhere from 13 to over 80. More than age, the people that come are interested in self-growth and want to live life to the fullest. The school is for both men and women.
We believe that you are responsible for your own happiness and your own life. You can read our guiding principles which will give you an idea of our core values.
Happiness U Guiding Principles
1. Nothing happens to you, everything happens for you. Every experience in your life is designed for your growth and evolution.
2. In every situation, there is always a bigger picture to consider. Every challenge in your life has hidden benefits that support you in every way.
3. You are responsible for your own happiness. How you see your life defines your reality. Your perception is in your mind and in your control.
4. Your life has a purpose, and you are here for a reason. The closer you are to knowing your authentic Self, the more purposeful your life becomes.
5. No matter how you look, think or feel, you are perfect in every way. You are in the right life and in the right body. You benefit when you accept yourself as you are.
6. Everything you are doing or not doing in your life is serving a purpose. You are in the right place, doing the right thing. Change will occur when you are ready.
7. There really is no “right” or “wrong,” only what’s right for you. You have the right answers for yourself, even though others may say they know better.
8. Everything happens in your life for a reason – there are no “accidents.” All synchronicities, wanted or unwanted, are confirmation that you are on the right path.
9. The more you focus on your own life, the easier your life becomes. You can’t make others do what you want them to do, so let them focus on their own life.
10. Your own intuition is your best source of guidance. Getting advice is wise, but ultimately no one knows better than you what is best for you.
LET'S SEED A HAPPINESS REVOLUTION TOGETHER!
OFF-LINE DONATIONS RECEIVED:
Nancy Wong: $5,000
Patti Ann Hokama: $1,500
Brian Shimamura: $100
We are filled with gratitude!
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges we face are finding applicants that are truly ready to change their life and are willing to put the work into doing so. We can offer everything we have, yet it might still not be enough.
As well, maybe their story of change may be so subtle after the year, that we don't really have a good story to tell in the book we plan to produce in the compilation of experiences.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter