Happiness Habits

Michael de Groot - Blog
5 min readDec 29, 2022

We are delighted to be facilitating a Happiness Habits course, which is running in our local area of Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, United Kingdom.

This 6-week online course has been developed by Action for Happiness, drawing on the wisdom of experts across many fields, to cover the habits of living a happy life and spreading happiness to others. The Wyre Forest Happiness Habits course is due to commence on Thursday, 2 February 2023 at 6.30pm with the topic of Gratitude. Week 2 explores Self-Care, Week 3 is Relationships, Week 4 is Resilience, Week 5 Kindness and Week 6 looks at Meaning.

Each weekly interactive session will last for about 2 hours and is delivered live online via Zoom (there are no replays).

SIGN UP: https://actionforhappiness.org/course/happiness-habits-wyre-forest

The course is run by local volunteers (Clair and Michael) and based on donations to Action for Happiness — so please feel free to give whatever you can afford :)

Happiness Habits is a secular, science-based course for people who want to learn how to live happily and spread happiness to those around them. It was created to help people tune in to what really matters in life, connect with people around them and find small ways to start taking action.

On the course you will:

  • Meet with like-minded people to explore what really matters in life and find new ways of looking at things.
  • Enjoy expert videos, mindfulness practices and group exercises to help you apply the lessons to your life.
  • Take time each week to think of small actions you can take to create happiness for yourself and those around you.

Each week features some of the world’s most trusted experts:

Week 1: Gratitude

  • What can we learn about happiness? Vanessa King — Head of Psychology, Action for Happiness
  • How can we become happier? Shawn Achor — Bestselling Positive Psychology Author

Week 2: Self-Care

  • How can we be kinder to ourselves? Kristen Neff — Professor of Psychology, University of Texas
  • How can we get the basics right? Rupy Aujla — General Practice Doctor and Healthy Eating Expert & Darryl Edwards — Movement Coach and Author

Week 3: Relationships

  • Why are relationships important for our happiness? Robert Waldinger — Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • How can we look after our Relationships? Roxy Manning — Psychotherapist and Nonviolent Communication Expert

Week 4: Resilience

  • How can we be more resilient? Tal Ben-Shahar — Positive Psychologist, Harvard University
  • How can we be happy in dark times? Maria Sirois — Positive Psychologist and Author

Week 5: Kindness

  • How can we become kinder? Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist Monk snf Author
  • Why does kindness matter? Chude Jideonwo — Journalist and Entrepreneur & Nipun Mehta — Founder of ServiceSpace

Week 6: Meaning

  • What makes life meaningful? Gretchen Rubin, Bestselling Author
  • What should be the purpose of our lives? Jon Kabat-Zinn — Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts & Richard Layard — Economist, London School of Economics

People find it really valuable and often refer to what they learn on the course as life-changing.

SIGN UP: https://actionforhappiness.org/course/happiness-habits-wyre-forest

This course is for anyone interested in exploring how to create happiness for themselves or others. Maybe you’re someone who could do with some new approaches to try out in your own life. Or maybe you’re passionate about creating happier communities and a happier world.

Either way, by coming together with others locally on this course you can find the inspiration and support you need find the actions that work for you.

Everyone on the course agrees to abide by the Five Golden Rules:

  • We really listen to each other
  • We are open about our feelings
  • We focus on what is working well
  • We practice safe boundaries
  • We maintain a spirit of kindness

Please note: this course is not group therapy, if you are experiencing severe challenges at the moment we recommend seeking alternative professional support.

The course is run by approved volunteers who are stepping forward to help spread happiness in the local area.

Everyone who joins the course makes a donation of their choice to be there — most people chose to give around £60.

You can choose to either give the recommended donation of £60 or give more or less depending on your circumstances.

If you can’t make a donation online or need a place on the course without making a donation then please email us here for a free place: courses@actionforhappiness.org

We welcome everyone on the course equally whatever they are able to give :)

SIGN UP: https://actionforhappiness.org/course/happiness-habits-wyre-forest

What are the highlights of the course?
“Sharing and learning from each other allowed us space to grow and taking away action plans each week focused our minds on pro active action.” ~ Jacqueline, London

“More or less everything is a highlight as it is mightily well researched and factual.” ~ Annick, Lindfield

“Being able to believe that I could be brave enough to change my circumstances/life, in order to be happier/make others happier around me.” ~ Michelle, Farnborough

For general questions about Action for Happiness and the course please contact: courses@actionforhappiness.org

We hope you enjoy the course. Thanks for helping to create a happier world.

The Action for Happiness team
Please note: although the content and materials for this course have been developed and tested by Action for Happiness, this specific course is being run independently by volunteers who support the aims of Action for Happiness, rather than being put on directly by the organisation itself.

Action for Happiness was co-founded by Prof Richard Layard, Sir Anthony Seldon and Geoff Mulgan. Key members of the team include Vanessa King and Dr Mark Williamson. It is backed by the Dalai Lama — the patron of Action for Happiness. Action for Happiness is a UK Registered Charity ().

SIGN UP: https://actionforhappiness.org/course/happiness-habits-wyre-forest

We look forward to welcoming you on this 6-week course.

~ Clair and Michael

Originally published at https://www.stayingaliveuk.com on December 29, 2022.