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For people who couldn’t make it, I’d like to share my experience. One word; Amazing!
It was the most amazing experience I had so far, and the best part is; it was a sober party. I love drinking, but now, I love sober partying more… 🙂
My Party Bar is set pretty high and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from the Undie Run. But the Party4Health host’s (Jacques) next-level charisma and craziness really took it to the next level for everyone involved.
Partying for me usually involves at least a few drinks, but Jacques requested that I try remaining 100% sober for this one and I’m glad I did. The Party alone was good enough to get me where I needed to be
Active Engagement: We are in the here and now.
We actively socialize and engage in our surroundings, as opposed to absentmindedly. We take a role of making the party happen, as opposed to waiting for it happen. We use our phones only as a tool to capture euphoric memories.
Natural Euphoria: We get high-on-life, and life is not a substance.
We momentarily forget about our job title, our to do’s, our sources of stress, and our sense of self-criticism. We immerse ourselves in rediscovering the euphoria of human connection and dance.
Inclusion: We invite people to join, instead of judging people who feel excluded.
We welcome everyone, accept everyone, and support everyone in being their true selves, whatever that might be. There’s no such thing as embarrassment here.
Respect: We behave with an awareness of others and their boundaries.
We, as participants, exercise self-restraint, courtesy, and consent. Although our events are wild, we follow rules, laws, and common courtesies when interacting with the environment and each other.
Leave No Trace: We are grateful to party here.
We respect the community in which we party. Police are our utmost ally. We acknowledge our parties take place on the unceded territory of the indigenous Coast Salish.
Interpersonal skills: Develop the necessary verbal and nonverbal communication skills to network, build relationships, and relate with others.
Money: Save cash by avoiding the bar or expensive tickets to your favourite nightclub. There is no need to purchase a luxurious bottle to impress others when you are partying for health. Status is achieved by fostering social inclusion, not by spending money.
Self-esteem: Being your authentic self (as if no one was watching) in a social environment is not easy. Immersing yourself in a positive environment, where there are no winners or losers, where there is no judgement, where you are encouraged as opposed to dismissed, and where the goal is to have fun together, is a safe strategy to learn about why you are unique.
Feel good: Partying for health elicits positive emotions. Our ingenious and novel activities, synced to upbeat music, stimulate the brain to feel natural euphoria. Best part is, you will feel good the next day too.
Get moving: Getting active benefits your body and makes you feel good. Plus, you don’t notice you are exercising because the party is distracting you.
Jacques Mission: To build capacity for positive health behaviours by educating, uniting, and disillusioning youth in innovative ways (that is, epic one-of-a-kind social experiences).
His Experience: hundreds of parties thrown, thousands of smiles generated, millions of perceptions of partying rethought
Embodied in partying is a tremendous opportunity for undermining division, spreading positive mental health, building lasting professional and personal relationships, encouraging physical activity, and promoting community and team development. In North America, this opportunity is tarnished by toxic social norms. Conventional entertainment, party, and nightlife events often encourage “drunkenness” and are associated with negative health effects by design. These include drug use, hearing loss, motor vehicle accidents, violence, sexual violence, sense of humiliation, crime, and illness. The especially sad truth is that substance use forms the underlying social lubricant for these events.
From a broader viewpoint, modern recreation has taken a turn for the worse; screens are replacing other human beings; engagement with the world is becoming more and more passive; and apathy and inactivity are being spread. You witness this on public transit, in nightclubs, and at music festivals. We are losing our ability to engage in genuine, euphoric human connection.
Party4Health is a movement and community, with the objective of spreading healthy party culture. Our unprecedented events and festivities are public, all-ages, and inclusive. They are designed to make participants feel natural euphoria (positive emotional stimulation), ego dissolution, and connection. We capitalize on dance, laughter, inclusiveness, physical activity, and exploration to create naturally-euphoric experiences, which form high-lit memories. At Party4Health, we are harnessing the positive health benefits of partying, building capacity in youth for healthy fun, and normalizing dancing and socializing without the presence of drugs.
Our Mission: Spread healthy party culture across the nation.
We have done our research: regular socialization (1) and naturally-derived euphoria (2) is healthy, increasing our well-being and decreasing our negative emotions. However, these positives are obliterated by the negatives of traditional partying.
Read more about our Vision.
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