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: https://psychologies.co.uk/happiness-club-registration

If you'd like to blog about your adventures of creating your own Happiness Club, please email the editor Suzy.Greaves@psychologies.co.uk


Why 20 minutes is all you need

We're either obsessed with exercise or we can't find the time to do any. There's not much middle ground. That's what I learnt at our last Happiness meet up. "How can we get more movement in to our daily lives" sounds an easy enough question. Yet why do so many of us see it as a low priority in our never ending To-Do list?
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Jul 29, 2015

Happiness Club meet up – month 6

We’re over halfway now in our Happiness Club journey, entering into the DREAM of GREAT DREAM! What has been lovely is that we’ve all noticed how the things we started our experiment committing too (e.g. giving, relating etc) have dripped through to the subsequent months. So now we’re still giving more, exercising more and so on because they’ve really become part of our daily lives, of who we are. But now we’re starting to try new things and look forward with direction. In this blog I’m going to review our month of Appreciation and Trying Out as well as have a quick chat around the forthcoming month of Direction.
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Jul 26, 2015

Connecting through music

Who doesn't love to sing? Even in the shower or in the car. Have you ever found yourself singing along to the car radio only to find someone adjacent to you in a traffic jam looking at you oddly? Perhaps that only happened to me. Twice. Well fortunately our Happiness group decided upon a Karaoke evening to practice the art of connecting. ‘Any excuse to sing’ I thought. However crooning along to the likes of a Whitney Houston track is not all that we achieved at our month 3 Happiness meet-up.
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Jul 16, 2015

May - Noticing the World Around Us.

The world is being left un-noticed - we rush past the old oak tree, miss the sheep clouds in the sky, don't listen to the wood pigeon singing its song and feel the wind blow against our cheeks. We are too busy thinking about the shopping we need to buy and checking our phone for updates on all the amazing things everyone is doing on social media to notice. I am the worlds champion at this! I need to start cherishing life and taking the time to enjoy the moment! The key to taking notice of the world around us is 'mindfulness'. Mindfulness is often defined as "the state of being attentive to and aware of what is taking place in the present" (Action for Happiness).
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Jul 08, 2015

Teaching Kindness

Is kindness something that can be taught? Is it just about doing good deeds or is it something much more? The Happiness Project- a series of lessons I've designed and taught for small groups of children with challenging behaviour, looks (in part) at kindness and the impact it has on our happiness.
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Jul 07, 2015

Happiness Style No 1; Hounds

If you're a Hound you'll never be really happy as long as you have to stick to the rules or follow a set routine. What makes you happiest is being yourself and imaging what the world would be like with you in charge.
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Jul 06, 2015

Happiness Club Month 4: Mindfulness

Last month in our Happiness Club, we walked over 500 miles between us. Our focus for the month was exercising and we each committed to walking our 10,000 steps a day to improve our mood. The added pay-off is that this month, we’re also feeling leaner and fitter, as well as cheerier. We even met for a ‘happiness walk’ mid-month on the South Downs – and managed to laugh throughout despite it being the most miserable rainy day ever. (Although a stop at the pub definitely helped!) Four months since the founding of our Happiness Club and we’re sharing more about what makes us tick, what’s working and what’s not. It’s amazing how sharing how you feel – and realising you’re not alone – has the ability to make you feel more supported, and yes, happier.
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Jun 10, 2015

About Surviving, Turning Negativity into Positivity and Happiness Clubs - my interview with Suzy Greaves

First of all, I would like to express how excited I am to have been invited to be part of this fantastic platform and blog alongside such passionate and knowledgeable people. This new adventure started when I first met Suzy at a Health, Wealth & Well-being show earlier this year. Suzy shared her personal story of how she ended up pursuing self-development and helping other people along the way. It was very emotional and inspiring at the same time. I immediately thought that it would be great if Suzy was willing to share her story on my podcast and explain about the great concept that is the Happiness Clubs. My podcast (Holistic Path to Health) is about sharing information and resources that enable people to achieve optimal mental and physical health naturally. It is also about inspiring and empowering so Suzy’s story was a perfect fit. To my delight she said “yes” to the interview!
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Jun 05, 2015