The Happiness Club

There are more than 1000 Happiness Clubs around the world. We partnered with Charity Action for Happiness back in January 2015, inviting readers to create a book-club style gathering in their own homes. Readers were challenged to invite friends along once a month to discuss how we can put happiness - ours and other people's - at the heart of our life philosophy. The vision is us to work together to create a happier, and less self-centred world, with far fewer people suffering from mental health problems and far more people feeling good, functioning well, and trying to help others.

How do you set up your own Happiness Club? Register at the link below, then simply invite your friends around on a convenient date. Every month, focus on one of Action for Happiness' 10 scientifically proven 'keys' to happiness and use the questions at the end of each key in the blogs below to discuss with your group. Once you've finished the ten keys, you can join us in reading one book on happiness every month. Vanessa King, our new columnist in Psychologies magazine and positive psychology expert from Action for Happiness is recommending one 'happy book' every month for us to read and discuss.

If you haven't already registered your own Happiness Club, you can by clicking here:

If you'd like to blog about your adventures of creating your own Happiness Club, please email the editor

Embracing acceptance and engaging with the purpose of our lives

For the past month, we’ve been practicing accepting ourselves – unconditionally. Personally, I found this hard to do. Too often I was drawn into the high pressure, high stress reality of trying to do everything perfectly, so that I could feel good about myself. Frequently, maybe not frequently enough, I recognised this and offered myself kindness and compassion and fought against the urge of perfectionism. I accepted myself with lower standards and it felt liberating. I will be focusing on this unconditional acceptance going forward, I have only just scratched the surface, and need to commit to this each day in the future. I can almost touch the freedom that unconditional acceptance brings! I’m thankful that my happiness club friend has really inspired me. I have some great ideas of how I can take this forward into my life from her. We also talked about the month of meaning and how to be part of something bigger in the next month
Go to the profile of Kirsty Morgan
Dec 15, 2015

The importance of small goals

What a revelation. An evening discussing goal setting and I should have been in my element. After all, I'd only been helping to formulate goals earlier in the day with my clients. Each day, it seems, if I'm not reading about the importance of goal setting I'm either ensuring goals are created appropriately or I'm working toward one.
Go to the profile of Michelle Stromgren
Nov 28, 2015

Why is it so hard to accept ourselves unconditionally?

When I read Psychologies magazines recent happiness club article on acceptance it was a big lightbulb moment. I hadn’t considered ‘conditional’ or ‘unconditional’ acceptance of myself until this point but knew instantly I only accepted myself conditionally depending upon my own internal standards and successes. I talked about this with friends outside of the happiness club and, lo and behold, they did the same thing. It wasn’t that surprising on Monday evening to discover friends in the happiness club did too. We would accept our own children unconditionally, so why is it so hard to accept ourselves unconditionally?
Go to the profile of Kirsty Morgan
Nov 18, 2015