Scholarship Applications Accepted Now

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Happiness U has launched a search to find 10 Oahu residents who are willing to embark on a journey to transform their lives. A cohort of scholarship recipients will be selected for the 2018 class and will be part of an effort to measure the impact of their life and the lives of their coworkers, their families and their community.

A 3-month, 6-month or 12-month program will be offered that includes life planning, healthy money mindset development, stress management, finding one’s life purpose, exploring spirituality, guilt relinquishment and decluttering of home and life.

Anyone may apply who is 18 or older. Organizations including businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are encouraged to incorporate this search as part of their workplace wellness programs. If employee nominees are selected, they can take a leadership role within their organization to teach what they’ve learned.

Why is Happiness U offering scholarships

Most of us are surviving in various states of happiness. This scholarship program aims to find people who are ready to take then next step up in their journey to really thrive in a way that not only helps them personally but helps those around them. Pushing personal well-being to the next level is contagious.

Happiness has become much more than a personal aspiration. It has become a  national and global priority. Leaders worldwide are studying happiness and heralding it as an important measure of social progress and the goal of public policy. The personal-finance website WalletHub released its state of happiness in August and studied all 50 U.S. states across 28 indicators ranging from depression to sports participation to income growth. Hawaii scored 67.9 out of a 100 points in the analysis with high marks in the area of emotional health, physical well-being and work environment. Hawaii was also recognized as having the lowest share of adult depression and the fifth lowest divorce rate in the nation.

These joyful statistics are in contrast to a global study on happiness, which found that overall, Americans are increasingly unhappy.  In 2007, the United States ranked 3rd and in 2016 it came 19th. The reasons are declining social support and increased corruption. Published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, the first World Happiness Report was issued in April 2012, in support of the UN’s focus on happiness and well-being.

How this journey began

Happiness U started its scholarship program when businessman Darren Kimura, Managing Partner of Enerdigm Ventures gave Happiness U seed funding to help more people. With the support of friends, we piloted our first cohort of scholarship recipients and helped them to improve themselves, their families and their community. In 2017, we received a groundswell of support from more who invested in the program so that we could welcome our 2018 cohort for which we are accepting applications through November 30.


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