ACTION FOR HAPPINESS course – Swindon, September to November 2017

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The Action for Happiness course (“Exploring What Matters“) is a unique and inspiring 8-week course to explore what matters for a happy and meaningful life.

The course is based on the latest scientific evidence and is intended for people of all backgrounds, particularly those who would like to see a more positive and caring society.

Each session has a theme, based on a ‘big question’, such as: What really matters in life?  What actually makes us happy? How should we treat others?

Each weekly session lasts for 2 hours. Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive, including:

Tuning in: simple activities that are great for wellbeing (e.g. mindfulness exercise)

Expert view: an inspiring 15-minute TED-style video/talk from a leading expert (including Richard Layard, Ed Diener, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Karen Armstrong, Brene Brown, Shawn Achor)

Personal view: a chance for people to reflect on their own experiences

Did you know?: fascinating and surprising research findings relating to the theme

Group discussion: sharing ideas in groups and listening to each other’s perspectives

Action ideas: everybody comes away with an action they hope to take as a result

The course content has been developed and tested by Action for Happiness, but the course itself is run by local volunteers who believe in our aims and have some relevant experience.

Course value

The course is run by volunteers and valued at £90 (£10 per session and £10 for the course book). Every participant is asked to make a donation to sign up for the course, which helps to cover the venue hire and provision of materials.

The recommended donation is £90 but if people are unable to afford this they can make a donation of their choice instead. Some people choose to donate more than the recommended amount, to help to cover the costs for those who cannot afford to give so much.

 Who is behind the course?

The course has been developed by Action for Happiness, whose co-founders are 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, who is the patron of Action for Happiness.

The course starts on 14 September for 8 weeks, Thursday evenings from 7-9pm.
Booking is now open: Book now
For questions about this particular course please contact the volunteers who are running it: Peter Mayes