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Action for Happiness - 8 Week Happiness Program

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Join Natalie as she hosts the Exploring what Matters Happiness course, endorsed by the Dalai Lama to promote happiness in our society.


I whole-heartedly support the Exploring What Matters course and hope that many thousands will benefit from it and be inspired to take their own action to create a happier world
— Dalai Lama

Exploring What Matters gives you the chance to meet friendly, like-minded people and find simple ways to make yourself and others happier.

This 8-week course is based in science and helps you:

Meet with like-minded people to explore what really matters in life and find new ways of looking at things.

Learn from the experts through videos, mindfulness exercises and a handbook full of resources to help you break big ideas into manageable chunks.

Take small actions each week by taking time to reflect on how to create happiness for yourself and those around you.

HOW IT WORKS

The course is run over 8 sessions, which take place weekly and last for 2 hours, and is open to anyone interested in exploring how to create happiness for themselves or others.

Everyone who joins the course makes a donation of their choice to be there, so the course is available to anyone, no matter their financial circumstances.

Each course is run by friendly and enthusiastic volunteers (supported by our expert team) who step forward to help spread happiness in the local area.

COURSE THEMES

WEEK 1: What really matters in life? Lots of things are important in life, but how should we decide what really matters to us? This session explores whether a greater focus on happiness and wellbeing might be better for all of us.

WEEK 2: What actually makes us happy? We're told that happiness comes from having more and earning more, but is this really true? Does happiness come from our circumstances or our inner attitudes? And can we learn how to be happier?

WEEK 3: Can we find peace of mind? Life can be highly stressful. In this session we'll explore how to deal effectively with life's ups and downs and cope with adversity. And we'll look at some skills which can help us be more resilient.

WEEK 4: How should we treat others? Our society appears increasingly individualistic and competitive. Is this just human nature or are we naturally altruistic too? How should we behave towards others - and can we learn to be more compassionate?.

WEEK 5: What makes for great relationships? We're a social species and most of us know that our connections with others are vitally important. But what really affects our relationships and are there practical things we can do to enhance them?

WEEK 6: Can we be happier at work? Work is a huge part of our lives, but many of us find our work to be stressful and frustrating. Do happier organisations get better results? What makes us happy at work? And what can we do about it?

WEEK 7: Can we build happier communities?What does it mean to live well together - and why are some communities or societies much happier than others? In this session we'll explore how to create communities that are more caring, connected and happy.

WEEK 8: How can we create a happier world? This session brings together everything we've covered during the course. It aims to inspire each of us to live in a way that contributes to a happier world, not just for ourselves but for others too.

By donation. Places are limited, on a first come first served basis.

Further information about the program and approach on the Action for Happiness website