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Would you like to be part of creating a happier and more caring society? If so please join our movement, add your pledge and take action - at home, at school, at work or in your community. Together we can make a difference

I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me

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Family & friends

When it comes to happiness, our nearest and dearest really matter. Research shows people who have strong relationships with a partner, family or close friends are happier, healthier and live longer. And it works both ways - for us and for them too.

Unfortunately we often take our closest relationships for granted. Maintaining them takes conscious attention and effort and there are things we can all do that make a difference.  Read more

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  • Action 38

    Boost your positivity ratio

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    Make time for fun with family & friends

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    Use positive parenting techniques

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    Help kids build emotional resilience

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    Really listen to what people are saying

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    Thank the people you're grateful to

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    Understand each other’s needs

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    Help out a friend in need

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    Look for the good in those around you

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    Ask others about the things that have gone well

  • Action 45

    Enhance your relationship with your partner

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How are you creating a happier home life?

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Listening - giving time to listen to friends and family when they need to talk or unburden Visiting friend in nursing home when I can Taking widowed mother-in-law out at weekends Sending flowers or a card to cheer someone up Suggesting ideas for friend's project and giving her some materials

Judith, Surrey, UK2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Make time for friends to listen to their issues and try to help come to solutions. Try and make things better at work so people get the information they need

Luke, London, UK2 Sep 2010, 13:31
One of the big dilemmas people face is what's best to do for their family: work as hard as possible to provide for them - or be there as much as possible, even if that means putting work as a lower priority. I've got a young family and I'm definitely in the latter camp - love, time and support are much more important for a family than a bigger house, expensive holiday or more new stuff. Mark, Kingston, Surrey2 Sep 2010, 13:31

I love Nick

Hayley Derien, Tas2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Im sitting in my living room looking for resources to help me and my boyfriend - who broke up last Thursday. I cant explain the pain I am in, as he is not well and is on his 2nd week of anti-depressants. The thought of not being there to support him is killing me, he is blanking me out completely, wont answer calls, texts, emails. We were so happy and a sequence of events have had an impact. I so wish that he can reach out to me and that we can find happiness together. AS Hertfordshire 28

(unknown), Hertfordshire2 Sep 2010, 13:31

Happiness facts

Together we're stronger

Having a network of social connections or high levels of social support has been shown to increase our immunity to infection, lower our risk of heart disease and reduce mental decline as we get older.

Not having close personal ties has been shown to pose significant risks for our health.

 

events & groups

  • The Marylebone Happiness Project
    Marylebone
    Based on Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project, to meet new people, talk about happiness and provide help and support in happiness resolutions!
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  • Happiness Club
    Glasgow area
    The Happiness Club is for everyone. We all want happy & fulfilling lives and we want the people we love to be happy too. Learn practical, fun ways to get you thinking positively and feeling happy.
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  • Bathgate's Happiness Club
    Bathgate
    The Happiness Club meets each month where you can enjoy a time to unwind and chat. If you enjoy learning new things, feeling good and sharing in some positive energy then this is the club for you.
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