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

Month 4 - This moment, right now, is the only moment we really have!

Mindfulness is not new to my Happiness Club. I am passionate about it and have been practicing it in my daily life for over 18 months ( ). Another club member (Diane Shillito is a Mindfulness Mediation Facilitator – amongst other wonderful things. Other club members have been practicing Mindfulness over the last year and have already been enjoying the many benefits that it brings. Regardless of this we are all excited about making a further commitment to practicing more to be present, right now, in this moment. After all, this is the only moment we really have!
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May 21, 2015

Month 3 review - Mixing it up for a month of enjoyable Exercise

Last night my Happiness Club met for the fourth time and reviewed our month of exercise. Beforehand we ranged from people who exercised regularly to those that felt they did very little and taking part in this month was not as eagerly anticipated as some of the earlier ones. That did mean that the review of the month was all the more surprising! Some of the highlights are discussed below.
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May 21, 2015

The secrets of giving...

Giving is a difficult subject, firstly we are not aware of how much we give subconsciously, secondly we have a problem with unconditional councious giving, we are scared for our voluntary offer to be rejected...
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May 04, 2015

Happiness Club Month 3: Exercise

This month, the third ‘key’ to happiness (we’re focusing on one per month), suggested by our partner Action for Happiness is: exercise. Yes, we all know exercise is good for our bodies but there’s a mountain of scientific evidence* that shows it’s also brilliant for improving self-esteem, raising our mood, decreasing anxiety, and even combatting depression. However, if the thought of joining a gym makes you want to stay in bed, you just need to think about it differently, advises Vanessa King, positive psychology expert at Action for Happiness.
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Apr 27, 2015

Teaching Young People About Happiness

​I had a heated debate once with an acquaintance who told me I ought to be happy. Just like that. I should be happy. "What, all the time?" I asked. This person thought, yes, I should be at all times. It was almost like this happiness thing was a physical something that a person could simply obtain and keep. Maybe if I searched in my handbag, I'd find it with the tissues and the crumbs? I'm sure I had it the other day..
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Apr 22, 2015