HappyWinona State University will present a screening of the documentary “Happy” as part of the 2014-2015 University Theme at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Stark Auditorium 103.

Happy” explores the question of what leads to happiness. The film combines personal stories with scientific research and stresses that happiness is not found in the endless pursuit of “more things,” but comes from within and from relationships. The film will also explore ways to find sustainable happiness.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion moderated by Eunie Alsaker from WSU Counseling and Wellness Services.

Started in fall 2007, the University Theme is designed to engage faculty, staff, students and community members. Each year, thousands of students and community members are involved in a variety of class projects, lectures, common books readings, theatre and dance productions, and community-connection workshops relating to the theme.

The 2014-2015 Sustainable Futures theme focuses on the topic of how the challenges of this century, such as issues like climate change, energy scarcity, and a growing population, will shape our discipline. This year’s theme aims to raise awareness among students, faculty and community leaders about the challenges of facing a future that will require a much greater awareness of the costs of growth such as climate change, soil and water scarcity, and high energy cost. It also aims to promote dialogue about possible solutions, including alternatives to the cultural philosophy of growth at any cost and to provide opportunities for the demonstration and examination of sustainable living solutions.

For more information, contact Eunie Alsaker at EAlsaker@winona.edu.

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