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.
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 ) 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.|
Character Strengths at the Cinema
"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
||Can we be Happy
at Work? (provisional
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
Exercising is one the 10 Keys to Happiness.
Professor Huber is at the Centre for Health Research (CHR), University of Brighton
||How to Love
and be Loved; 10
things to do and stop doing to transform your
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
December 2nd 2015
||Christmas Party meetup|
|Wed January 6th
||details to follow meetup|
|archive||past large events since 2012 (often with the speaker's slides)|
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
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
2015 facebook group . tweet: @BrightonHappy
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:
well being fluorishing thriving psychology enlightenment
self-development personal growth giving relating exercising
appreciating trying out direction resilience emotion
updated July 15th 2015 by Paul Tofts