2017 Action for Happiness
2017 Action for Happiness
New Malden Hub ~ Events, Meetings and News
Christmas and 1st Birthday New Malden Hub Party - 7th December 2017
Action for Happiness Director, Mark Williamson - 2 November 2017
We heard from the Action for Happiness Director, Mark Williamson who talked about his personal journey, his corporate background, Mindfulness and his introduction to Lord Layard that led him to this incredible charity. Mark breaks down what Action for Happiness is, its mission, the courses, the goals, and also reflected on the results and success so far.
Creating a happier world with Jeffrey Sachs - 5 October 2017
We attended the inspiring national event with Professor Jeffrey Sachs as he explored the causes of happiness and unhappiness in modern Western culture and shared his vision for a better culture and a happier world.
Jeff is a world-renowned professor of economics, a leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by Time Magazine “the world’s best-known economist.”
You can access the Facebook Live video from the night's live stream.
Self Compassion with Joanna Barker - 7 September 2017
Click here for a copy of the Self Compassion PDF of Jo's excellent presentation. This includes the video reference for an Expert introduction by Dr. Kristin Neff. Jo helps us understand that “by making this choice to move out of judgment and into compassion for yourself and others” can change everything in our lives for the better! Further Reading and references are also included.
Can we be happier at work? - 3 August 2017
This was the theme for this months discussion. In this fast-moving and entertaining TED Bloomington talk from psychologist Shawn Achor he argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards?
Work is a huge part of our lives. Most of us spend more of our waking hours working than doing anything else, so it’s obviously good if we can enjoy our work. But sadly, many of us find our working lives to be stressful, frustrating, confrontational or uninspiring.
In this session, we explored how we feel at work and how this relates to our performance. Are happy workers just laid-back underachievers or are they actually more creative and productive? Do happier organisations get better results? What really affects happiness at work? And are there things we can do to make our workplaces and working lives better?
Renowned author and Emotional Intelligence expert Dan Goleman
Explores the latest scientific research about Mindfulness and how we can apply this to live wiser lives and contribute to a happier world.
This talk is available at our weekly Mindfulness Group Meeting from 6th July until 10th August 2017
In May, on Thursday 4 the evening meeting was on ‘Gratitude’ led by Andy Sinclair. Click here for a copy of the Gratitude PDF of Andy’s excellent presentation. This includes the video reference for the introduction by Professor Brene Brown on the relationship between joy and gratitude "one of the most important things she found in 12 years of research!" Further Reading and Film references are also included.
We are inspired to be a hub where people can connect and share inspiration together. As Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness, says "These local connections hold the key to happier lives and a happier society".
This is an open group with new attendees encouraged and welcomed. Or visit us at the Action for Happiness Stall at the New Malden Craft Fair in the High Street on Saturday 8th July 2017.
For the second-time Oliver Bowers is running the London Marathon collecting for the Mental Health Foundation and new this year, the London Marathon Charity Heads Together. This mental health campaign is spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Their Royal Foundation is working in partnership with seven inspiring charities to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing. It would be great if you could add your support. The details of where your money will go are on this donation link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/OliverBowers
2017 Meeting Dates and Themes
(First Thursday of the Month)
March 20th has been established, since 2013 as the annual International Day of Happiness.
Sign up at www.dayofhappiness.net to receive a free Happiness Guidebook, a wonderful new Happiness Pack for use with children and access to the new
2017 World Happiness Report which is being published on the same day.
Graduates of the New Malden 2016 eight week September - October
"Action for Happiness Course ~ Exploring What Matters?"