Action For Happiness in Brighton


Taking action to increase happiness in Brighton

A new branch of Action For Happiness was born in Brighton on March 22nd 2012; there are now nearly 1000 members. Action for Happiness is a national organization.  Watch the Video  "Doing Good feels Good". The national website is full of tantalising resources (great dreams: 10 keys to happiness, and a reading list) - have a look! great dream postcards

Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone. For fifty years we've aimed relentlessly at higher incomes. But despite being much wealthier, we're no happier than we were five decades ago. At the same time we've seen an increase in wider social issues, including a worrying rise in anxiety and depression in young people. It's time for a positive change in what we mean by progress.



Events
for details on each event see the AfH page on meetup


Large events (workshops or talks) are held at the Latest music bar (Manchester St, BN2 1TF map suggested donation £2 ) on the first Wednesday in the month. Some of these may be televised by Latest TV.

The Happy Cafe is in the Emporium;  on Saturdays 10-12 am there will be at least one AfH coordinator present.

Small social events are held at the Emporium (London Rd) on the evening of last Monday of each month.

for details on each event see the AfH page on meetup

Large events at Latest music bar Please arrive by 7:45 to give yourself time to buy a drink, say hello and find a seat; talks start at 8:00 prompt.
Wed April 1st
TED talks: Ideas about Happiness worth Spreading
Josh French
TED is an organisation that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world. Many of TED's past speakers (including founding members of Action for Happiness) have given fantastic advice about how we can live more meaningful, satisfying lives.   The co-organisers of the Brighton AFH group have found many TED talks to be enjoyable, thought-provoking and inspiring. Hence, we have decided to devote an evening to focusing on two or three relevant talks. We will watch them together, discuss their message and consider how each talk could make a lasting difference to our own and others' happiness.
Joshua French has loved uplifting others since he was little, making funny faces in his high chair. He is a co-organiser of Action for Happiness in his spare time and a committed happiness-spreader at work too. As co-founder and facilitator with Bailey & French, he helps organisations understand how focusing on employees' strengths boosts productivity and engagement.
; more on Josh and more  meetup
Wed May 6th "Happy" - the movie
The film features people living lives of happiness and gives lots of ideas on how we can all become happier both personally and as communities. Leading academics who have researched Happiness are interviewed. There will be a discussion after the film trailer  meetup
Wed June 3rd
Overcoming Depression with Words
Rachel Kelly
Rachel Kelly is a writer and former journalist on The Times. Her memoir Black Rainbow was published by Hodder & Stoughton in April 2014 and won the Spear’s Best First Book Award in October 2014. more   meetup
Wed July 1st
details to follow  meetup
Wed August 5th
details to follow  meetup
Wed September 2nd
details to follow  meetup
Wed October 7th
details to follow  meetup
Wed November 4th
details to follow  meetup
Wed December 2nd 2015
details to follow  meetup
Wed January 6th 2016
details to follow  meetup
archive past large events since 2012 (often with the speaker's slides) 
 
The Happy Cafe is a new development.   This is a chance to talk to people in more depth, perhaps doing something for them; to take a positive approach and notice the world around you, to be comfortable with yourself as you learn new things and try out connecting with people in new ways, becoming part of something bigger. (In fact you can practise all of the Ten Keys to Happier Living except exercise!?) meetup

Emporium, Brighton's exciting theatre, café/bar performing arts complex, has become the country's first 'Happy Cafe'. As such it will be a regular meeting place for Brighton Action for Happiness members where they can get to know other members and other people interested in spreading happiness in Brighton. It will also help them to discover new ways to improve their wellbeing by providing an array of informative and inspiring, posters, books, pamphlets and happiness postcards which can be viewed and read at leisure in the café. Members can of course visit Emporium at any time and use its Happy Café resources, but we are announcing these specific Saturday morning Meetups to increase the likelihood that there will be fellow Action for Happiness members there for you to get-together with.

Read the excellent  Argus report October 12th 2014   NEW launch (Latest TV ) NEW Daily telegraph article January 19th 2015

Activities planned in Brighton and Hove include speakers on happiness from several viewpoints, workshops with practical involvement, and ongoing self-help development groups to explore happiness for individuals. Want to create an event? guidelines

10k

new 2015 facebook group . tweet: @BrightonHappy

Brighton AfH meetup group here

Books you may find enlightening Seligman  Sonja   Flow       ways to Give and Share

book by Tom Bourner our Local Happiness Hero: 101 activities for Happiness Workshops    

Organizations and events in Brighton that may enable you to find more happiness:

Do Something Different
Biodanza
Brighton Buddhist Centre
Happy Cell
Non Violent Communication
Philosophy in Pubs
lifesquared
freshairbton
gratitude group (Shoreham)
Sunday assembly
Well-being and Happiness show (Lewes)
co-organisers and guidelines

see meetup for more on past and on future events.

www.actionforhappiness-inbrighton.org.uk

well-being wellbeing well being fluorishing thriving psychology enlightenment self-development personal growth giving relating exercising appreciating trying out direction resilience emotion acceptance meaning
updated March 9th 2015 by Paul Tofts