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 500 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.

Future large events:  
Usually at Latest Music bar, Manchester St. BN2 1TF  map; payment by donation (suggested 2).
for details on each event see the AfH page on meetup

Larger events (workshops or talks) are held at the Latest Music bar (Manchester St) . In September on Tuesday 2nd, then on Wednesdays from October 1st onwards.
Small social events are held at the Emporium (London Rd) on the last Monday of each month.

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


facebook group . tweet: @BrightonHappy

Brighton AfH meetup group here

Books you may find enlightening        ways to Give and Share

For more information or to suggest activities, contact 

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

Brighton Buddhist Centre
Happy Cell
Non Violent Communication
Philosophy in Pubs
gratitude group (Shoreham)
Sunday assembly

Past events:

May 31st  2012
Launch of the Brighton Action for Happiness group
Talk by Mark Williamson (director of UK Action for Happiness) followed by discussion.  
sound on RadioFreeBrighton (including fascinating answers to questions after the talk)      
slides   Mark's talk in Australia

June 17th
"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.  trailer    

July 9th
How to be happy in the 21st century - a Buddhist perspective
Mokshini - Brighton Buddhist Centre  more

Sept 4th
Measuring happiness and why it matters
Juliet Michaelson    New Economics Foundation  nef  slides

Oct 2nd
Some Strategies for Well-being: Lessons from Making Slough Happy
Dr Richard Stevens, Open University  more  slides  handout

November 6th Values, Individual Happiness, Planetary Well-being and the role of our Consumer Culture
Wenceslao Unanue, University of Sussex   slides

Dec 4th Gratitude Event  Anne O'Keife   An evening of developing an attitude of gratitude!
Jan 1st 2013
"Happy" - the movie

Jan 8th
An introduction to Positive Psychology  Bridget Grenville-Cleave  book  about Bridget

Feb 5th Willing to be happy: can willpower and self-control  make you happier?  Dr Andrew Eagle

March 12th
Music and Singing for Happiness    Philip Milburn

April 9th
The neurobiology of happiness - an embodied experience  Dr Harry Witchel
April 30th
Embodying the Great Dream Dancing the 10 Keys to Happiness  Helen Thatcher
June 4th
Workshop - Ten Keys to Happiness   Vanessa King, Action for Happiness 

July 2nd Happiness, the choice for us all  Dr Anthony Seldon,
August 6th  Workshop on strengths  Alex Bailey
Sept 3rd Workshop on Love in Action   Lotus Nguyen
October 8th
A playful approach to happiness Joshua French
November 5th 
Why isn't everyone happy? Understanding our blocks to happiness   Anne Dale
Dec 3rd Christmas Party
Jan 7th 2014 Happy the movie

meetup for more on past and on future events.

updated August 29th 2014 by Paul Tofts