6:01 pm18:01

The Happy Book Happy Hour

  • Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub

"The Happy Book Happy Hour" with author Rachel Barry 

If you're feeling like it's a tough time to be happy, you're not alone. Join the author of The Happy Book for night of carefree fun, activities, and happy inspiration. You'll leave with a plan for finding and celebrating the good stuff every single day. Bonus Fun: We'll have wine and snacks to fuel the fun.

7:00 pm19:00

"In Your Own Voice" speaker event

  • Madison-Area YMCA

"In Your Own Voice" speaker event featuring Carol McGough from NAMI NJ (National Alliance on Mental Illness). In Our Own Voice is a program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots organization devoted to enhancing the lives of all affected by mental illness. Thepresenters describe the reality of living in recovery with a mental illness. They share powerful personal stories, which add a critical perspective to the popular understanding the life of a person with a mental illness and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.

7:00 pm19:00

An INT-O Yellow Inspired Silent Art Auction & Paint Class

  • Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty

Join Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty in supporting the effort as they host:

A Silent Art Auction & Paint Class

April 6th, 7 p.m.

223 Main Street, Madison

Many of the partnered artists' work will be displayed across the office walls for a silent auction and you can create art as well!  Artist Emily Cannestro from Willow's Workshop in Chatham will be teaching a painting class. The cost of the class will be $45 with a portion being donated to the partnering charities. Refreshments provided. RSVP to jmayers@klsir.com by April 4th.

7:00 pm19:00

Living Beautifully: Creating Authentic Happiness

  • Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub

Join us for a workshop with psychotherapist, Getchel Lubke, to discuss the principles to a joyful and fulfilling life. The discussion will look at how core concepts across various disciplines identify strategies to create the life that we desire. You will walk away with ideas about what beliefs may be holding you back and how you are in control of your own well-being.

As a bonus, Getchel will share a short film about one young man who utilized his struggles with mental illness to create a life rich in meaning and service to others.

Getchel is a licensed professional counselor who has been providing psychotherapy and marriage counseling in the Morris County area for over 11 years. She has spent years acquiring and incorporating the most effective therapeutic techniques into her work. She has done post-graduate work at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and with The Gottman Institute. Although techniques are the building blocks to successful therapy, what makes Getchel distinct is her kindness and authenticity. She is devoted to helping individuals explore their emotional lives with curiosity and compassion. This is accomplished by integrating mindfulness, stress reduction and cognitive-behavioral methods into her work with individuals, couples and families. 

After working with many families navigating the transition of divorce, Getchel received training as a divorce mediator. Through these experiences, she has become adamant about helping couples and their children create a healthier and more cooperative experience through this life change. This involves working with couples to minimize animosity and create a positive environment for their children. Getchel's work on divorce has been published on Marriage.com.

Getchel attended the University of Oregon as an undergraduate where she studied Philosophy and Business. She later received her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. She lives in the area with her two daughters.

7:00 pm19:00

"Mindfulness: The Brain-Changing Path to Deeper Joy"

  • SHort Stories Bookshop & Community Hub

Presented by Mindfulness Coach Mary Lea Crawley 

Paint yourself calm with the simple practices mental health experts are using to ease symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. Small shifts in awareness and acceptance can foster big changes in happiness and optimism. Take a breath and mark your calendars!

5:30 pm17:30

Optimism Open Mic hosted by Arts by the People

  • Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub

In conjunction with International Day of Happiness and the "Turn Optimism Into Action" initiative, Arts by the People presents an Open Mic on the theme of Optimism.

Immediately following the INT-O Yellow Opening Reception:
Sign ups at 5pm
Readings 5:30 - 7pm

5-minute max reading time

For more information, visit artsbythepeople.org

2:30 pm14:30

March 11 Art Reception: Optimism in Action

  • The Peg Williams Gallery at Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub

Join us in celebrating an exploration of Optimism. An array of artists have united through their embrace of the color ‘INT-O Yellow’ (International Optimism Yellow) with the shared intention of shining a light on Depression.

Special guest speakers Mayor Robert H. Conley, NJ Gubernatorial Candidate, Phil Murphy and CEO of Madison-Area YMCA, Dianne Mann.

Music, snacks and refreshments provided thanks to the generous contributions of Whole Foods and Gary's Wine & Marketplace!

This exhibition also marks the kickoff of Madison's Paint the Town Yellow initiative: a town-wide celebration of International Day of Happiness (March 20) and recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month (April). 

A portion of all art proceeds benefits the Community Mental Health Initiative. 

Learn more at www.INTOYellow.com

May 1

Group Art Show: Optimism in Action

  • The Peg Williams Gallery at Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub

A collection of Optimism-inspired works by an array of artists who have united through their embrace of the color 'INT-O Yellow' with the shared intention to explore Optimism and shine a light on Depression.

The exhibition is being featured at The Peg Williams Gallery at Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub March 11 - May 1, 2017.

A portion of all art proceeds benefits the Madison-Area YMCA's Community Mental Health Initiative.

8:00 pm20:00

Madison's Resolution Day!

At the February 27, 2017 Madison Town Hall Meeting @ 50 Kings Rd., Madison, NJ the Mayor will declare a town-wide resolution marking Madison’s recognition of March 20th as International Day of Happiness and May as Mental Health Month.