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 over 1100 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.


BRIGHTON & HOVE HAPPY LIST 2015  click here


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 Ł2 ) 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 August 5th
Discovering Character Strengths at the Cinema

Josh French

"A hero can be anyone..."        Batman, The Dark Knight Rises

Positive Psychology research has shown that having a good understanding of our character strengths helps us live happier, more successful and more meaningful lives. Our strengths are a bit like a hero's superpowers, because when we use them well we also help the rest of the world be a happier place. This event will be a fun introduction to the idea, using clips from different films to make strengths easier to understand. For example, the character strength of 'Enthusiasm' is well expressed by Maria in the Sound of Music and 'Wisdom' by Yoda in the Star Wars films. As we look at each clip, we will also be reflecting on whether that character strength is one that we have, so the evening will also give people a clearer understanding of their own strengths. Please visit www.viame.org for more information about character strengths and a free strengths test.

'Discovering Strengths at the Cinema' links to these keys of happiness: acceptance, meaning, emotions (positive approach) and direction.

Joshua French 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 be happier and more successful by focusing on employees' strengths.  meetup

Wed September 2nd
Can we be Happy at Work(provisional title)
Dilys Robinson, Institute of Employment Studies, Brighton

Work is a Relationship that lets us practice Giving, Appreciation, Trying Out, Resilience and Acceptance, and may also give us Direction and Meaning.
more on Dilys
    meetup
Wed October 7th
Exercise and Happiness
Jörg Huber
Exercising is one the 10 Keys to Happiness.
Professor Huber is at the Centre for Health Research (CHR), University of Brighton
more on Jörg  CHR   meetup
Wed November 4th
How to Love and be Loved; 10 things to do and stop doing to transform your relationship. 
Lilliana Gibbs
Relating is one the 10 Keys to Happiness, and being 'in-love' is a powerful way of Relating.
While most of us desire being in love, we face many hurdles in taking the actions that allow love to flow freely throughout our lives and relationships. We have many ways of defending ourselves against love, and struggle to give and receive love with ease, openness and vulnerability. Lilliana is a counsellor at The Red Couch in Lewes
 
download Love guide from
redcouch  meetup
Wed December 2nd 2015
Christmas Party  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

Happy Lab is our 2nd innovation in the AfH Brighton group.
The 'Happy Lab' is a place to teach and learn about happiness in a small, friendly group. The workshops are dedicated to exploring a variety of ways to increase well-being for ourselves and others, with a clear link to at least one of the Ten Keys of Happiness. See more on Meetup.

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

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updated July 15th 2015 by Paul Tofts