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Happiness Wall comes to Evansville on International Happiness Day

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Organizers of Evansville's Happiness Wall are hoping joy spreads through the city like a virus on they International Day of Happiness.

Evansville was chosen as one of 35 cities in North America to celebrate with a wall.

Students, runners, even the mayor of Evansville, stopped by to pledge their act of happiness for the day.

"Comforting a stranger", "Buying dinner for a family", and "Smiling to all I meet" were a few of the acts people have pledged down at the riverfront.

Some people, like Gerald Smith, said with all the bad things going on in the world, it's nice to make a conscious effort to be happy.

"Unfortunately, there's a lot of things going on in the world," said Smith. "A lot of people are angry and bitter and frustrated, so spreading happiness is the healing power of the world."

Another reason people gave was wanting to help the local Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.

For every happy act pledged online, one dollar will be donated to the organization. That's support the Ohio Valley chapter's executive director Anna Hargis said they desperately need.

"It's so important for every child in our community to have a caring adult," Hargis said, "someone to encourage them and to say, 'You are special and important and you can be successful.'"

The wall will be down at the riverfront until 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20, but you can pledge your happy act online until 11:59 p.m.

Click here to access the Happy Acts website.

Watch the video above to see how they kicked off the happiness celebration with 14 News Sunrise.

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