Q: What is YNSPIRE?
A: YNSPIRE is a pending 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that pushes happiness forward at universities and beyond. YNSPIRE does this through three channels: local university chapters, a research-focused think tank and an online network of creatives that engage with the subject of happiness through their artistic work. Many of these activities were already carried out in a smaller capacity by the same group of people that created HappyHap.com. Today, “The HappyHap Project”solely refers to the web platform HappyHap.com and its blog (which you’re reading right now.) The HappyHap Project is an YNSPIRE initiative.
Q: Why didn’t you just stick with calling yourself “The HappyHap Project?” Why did you found YNSPIRE in addition?
A: When we started out in 2008, we just wanted to build a simple website where you can post a photo, video or text about a happy moment and dedicate to someone. By now, we’ve undertaken many other creative / social / academic projects that aim to push happiness forward on university campuses that don’t really have anything to do with the original idea of posting a happy hap(pening). Hence, we feel that the name “The HappyHap Project” no longer captures our work and mission. What binds us together as a team is the common belief that a better world will exist if people embrace a more creative approach to leadership, are inspired to make their happiness a priority, and drive positive social change. This inspired world starts with You, so we call our new organization YNSPIRE.
Q: What does YNSPIRE do?
A: YNSPIRE undertakes creative, social and academic projects that push happiness forward in this world, and - as a student-led organization, is especially focused on university campuses. YNSPIRE has also established a research-focused think tank to engage academically with the topic of happiness from a multitude of perspectives by drawing on research in the fields of psychology, philosophy, politics and economics.
Q: How can I get involved with YNSPIRE?
A: Visit our website and click on “Get Involved.”
Q: Will this blog be discontinued?
A: No, it remains a constantly evolving wall of inspiration to which we will continue to post videos, links, pictures and articles that inspire us and embody the “HappyHap spirit.” However, we also blog at the new YNSPIRE blog and are likely to cross post between the YNSPIRE and The HappyHap Project blogs.