Happy News for Project 40

November 18, 2016

Happy News for Project 40

Happy News for Project 40

Wentworth’s Project 40 has been named Region 1 Program of the Year by NASPA, a leading association for student affairs administrators in higher education.

Project 40, initiated on campus by the Institute’s Center for Wellness in 2015, is a research based program focused on helping people build resiliency and take control of their happiness. The “40” in the name represents the 40 percent of overall happiness that is left to individuals to discern and manage.

Independent research has concluded that genetics account for 50 percent of a person’s happiness, while another 10 percent is determined by things like income, gender, and level of education.

The Project 40 initiative is popular among students at Wentworth and has caught on across campus in the Department of Athletics and elsewhere, said Annamaria Wenner, dean of students and vice president for student affairs. The idea to bring the project to Wentworth came from Sarah Harmon a Wellness Center counselor, and Bridget McNamee, assistant director of Disability Services.

NASPA chooses its regional award winners based on innovation and creativity, contribution to student and professional development, contribution to the home institution, and timeliness of the program topic.