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Nevada Happiness Project

Throughout the year, every time a resident reports an act of kindness, a light hanging from a Community Center tree will be lit for everyone to see.
NEVADA, MO.--- What we say and do can sometimes make all the difference, whether it's negative or positive. It's based on the pretense that everyone has a bucket and no matter who you are, with acts of kindness you can fill someone's bucket with positivity.

"Rather than focusing on those negative things that we don't like, let's focus on the assets. Let's focus on what we have and work on the problems we don't like," said Dana Redburn, Nevada Parks and Recreation Director. 

Nevada Parks and Recreation Director Dana Redburn says the Happiness Project is an expansion to a program that was started two years ago to help spread good deeds across the community. 

"For instance, we take the kids on different missions once a month. Last week, we took them to the police department and fire department and the kids all gave the officers and the fire men hearts just in appreciation of the services that they do for the community," said Redburn. 

Through team work, resources, and networking at the community center, participants are enabling each other to be successful.

"As they say something nice to somebody, they pull one of the strings out of their pom pom and they tie it around the string of the other person. Whoever you've given your string to will say something nice and they will go ahead and place one on yours also," said Redburn. 

She says the young people in the Vernon County community need to know they're all equal and they can be anything they want to be.

"We're teaching team work, we're teaching the benefits of exercise and how wonderful that makes you feel. We're teaching how to form the habit of saying nice things to people, we're teaching people to do random acts of kindness," said Redburn. 

Leaders at the Community Center believe success comes from happiness and kindness, but it also helps fade out bullying.

"We can turn that around into a positive, where we don't necessarily address bullying, but we get people in the habit of saying nice things to each other," said Redburn. 

Throughout the year, every time a resident reports an act of kindness, a light hanging from a Community Center tree will be lit for everyone to see. 
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