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How to spread happiness: a K-Kids service project idea

Start small. Encourage K-Kids members to try the project over holiday break. Then introduce the concept school-wide after everyone returns. 

Make a Happiness Jar or Can 
How it works

The goal is to fill up the jar or can with pieces of paper that document positive moments and events. On each day of the holiday break, the K-Kids member and his or her family members write down a happy occurrence and fill up the Happiness Jar/Can. Some examples to look for: the happiest moment of the day, something for which you feel grateful, lucky tokens like event/movie tickets, or notes from friends.
 
On the last day of break, the K-Kids member arranges with his or her family to sit together and review all the paper slips in the Happiness Jar/Can.
 
What you’ll need
  • A jar or can
  • A pen
  • Paper (Any paper will do, but scrapbook paper can make your Happiness Jar colorful.)
Reflection
At the next meeting, ask the K-Kids to share one happy thing that happened during the break. Then ask them how the project it made them feel—did participation help them and their family members feel happier?
 
Next step: Ask club members how they can expand the Happiness Jar/Can concept to the entire school. Break club members into smaller groups for discussion. Could each class have a Happiness Jar/Can? How would this be managed? When can teachers and students look at what was placed in the Happy Jars/Cans?
 
This may seem like an unusual service project, but scientific studies show that happiness is a set of skills that can be learned. We can increase our happiness quotient by the choices we make and activities we do. Happier people learn more easily, become healthier and more productive, and show more kindness to others. Learn more about the science of happiness. And don’t forget to use K-Kids journal pages 1 – 4, 5 – 8, and 9 – 12 to help K-Kids increase their personal happiness.
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