Saying goodbye to the year of the GREAT DREAM. Saying hello to a more uplifting and happy life.
I set up a Happiness Club almost a year ago, we have all committed to each of the GREAT DREAM messages over the months. Together we've shared a journey discovering what really makes us happy.
It felt strange last night waiting for my Happiness Club to arrive for the last time. We've had a wonderful year together and had some of the most powerful and honest discussions that I've ever had with friends. We've bonded through sharing our experiences of committing to a month of Giving, Relating, Exercising, Appreciating, Trying something new, Direction, Resilience, Emotion, Acceptance and finally Meaning (my blogs for all of these months can be found on lifelabs).
We have learnt about ourselves and the people around us. We know more about what really makes us happy, what inspires us and who we want to spend more time with. We've learnt the importance of accepting both our situation and ourselves, regardless of our success or achievements or even how happy we're able to be.
The last month of the Happiness Club felt like we were bringing everything together. We did things this month that we talked about doing in the past months, such as volunteering, and we did more of the things that we had discovered made us happy, especially being thankful for our immediate families and appreciating the moments we share with them.
I know that being part of something bigger has a huge influence on happiness. This Happiness Club has proven that to me. Every meeting we have had has been a positive night where we float away happily after sharing some time with like-minded people who are passionate about taking control of their lives and making it the best it can be. We've supported each other, listened to each other and have strengthened our friendship.
If anyone is reading this undecided about whether to set up a Happiness Club I say go for it. You have nothing to loose and a whole lot of happiness to gain. My Happiness Club will continue meeting, mixing up group walking evenings with self-development book reviews or articles. I'm looking forward to it!
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