Annie Hughes ‘21, the brains behind “Happy Squares”, started her Happiness Campaign back in 2016 while she was a senior in high school. She was looking for a tangible way to spread kindness, joy, and smiles when she came up with the idea to put compliments, puns, and quotes on little pieces of square paper. These little notes were originally deposited into a jar in her high school’s library and were available for her fellow classmates to read and take. Everyone loved her Happy Squares and the squares were soon being taped in various locations and shared amongst all the students. It was then that Annie knew she had started something very special.
Fast forward to now, and Annie’s Happiness Campaign has only grown. While she still personally hands out her squares around campus (that’s her favorite part!), she also shares them through her social media accounts and her website. On her Instagram (@annieshappinesscampaign), she tries to post regularly and loves to involve as many people as possible. Annie encourages all who take pictures with the Happy Squares, to share them with her because they could be featured on the next “celebrity thumb” or “cool people holding cool squares” series. On her website, Annie shares the history of the Happy Squares and also offers a blog that is centered around happiness. In addition, there is this pretty nifty opportunity for you to send Happy Squares to anyone, anywhere within the United States.
Annie does what she does because she believes that everyone deserves a little happiness in their lives. If she can change just one person’s mood or outlook on life for just a little bit, all from sharing a single happy square with them, then it’s worth it. Random acts of kindness are not something to take for granted. So, go out and be kind today. Go out and smile a lot. Go out and share a happy square with a stranger!
And be sure to check out Annie and her Happy Squares around campus. She will be partaking in Sigma Pi’s “Amazing Day” on the quad (Sept. 21) and table sitting at the fountain in the upcoming weeks!