International Happiness Day celebrated in the Ohio Valley in a big way


Being kind, reminding people that they matter, and sitting with a cancer patient during treatment, are just a few of the things that filled the cards on the wall of happiness in the Ohio Valley Mall Saturday afternoon.

“Only 70 walls in the U.S. so you normally go to big cities and I’ve done this the last 2 years in Pittsburgh, so this year it was my mission to get it in the Valley,” said Zoe Morris, Happiness Ambassador with Live Happy.

The wall, and happiness event, celebrated international happiness day, in a big way. Local parents like Tiffany Garrison, heard about the event and knew they should bring their kids to check it out.

“It brings everybody together so it’s nice to have everybody that we know around and meet new people around here,” said Garrison.

Live performances, balloon animals, and face painting were just some of the things people enjoyed, all for free. Many said the best part was looking at all the ideas that filled that happiness wall. 

“I said being in a good mood all day causing others out of their bad moods would make them happy. Giving people things, like maybe homeless people, or just helping out people,” said Gillian Connors.

Whether the idea was as simple as a hug or as daring as feeding 70,000 hungry, everyone walked away from that wall with a smile. 

“It’s been very touching I can’t tell you, it’s touched my heart and a lot of people in the Valley to see this,” said Morris.

Events like this one took place across the world Saturday for International Happiness Day.

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