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Happy Cafe Network

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We're delighted that Action for Happiness supporters have started to create "Happy Cafés" in their local communities. The idea is simple and inspiring: a friendly and welcoming place to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and wellbeing.

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Our fabulous Brighton group created the very first Happy Café, based at the Emporium, and this was followed by London's first Happy Café at The Canvas in East London. There are now over 20 cafés in the UK and around the world (see map below).

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Stan Rosenthal, a co-organiser of the Brighton group and the brains behind the Happy Café idea, said: "I hope the UK's first Happy Café will become a beacon of happiness in Brighton to reinforce and inspire people in their search for wellbeing".

Ruth Rogers, founder of The Canvas said: "We want to be your Happy Place in London; to provide a place where you can express yourself and be inspired by others".

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Happy Cafés have a range of literature, posters, pamphlets and postcards relating to happiness on display - and Action for Happiness supporters can identify themselves to each other by wearing a lapel badge available at the Café.

Mark Williamson, director of Action for Happiness, said: "The Happy Café concept is fantastic, as it creates a hub where people can connect and share inspiration together. These local connections hold the key to happier lives and a happier society".

If you'd like to find out more about how you could start a Happy Café near you, please contact Stan Rosenthal via email at stan.rosenthal@actionforhappiness.org.

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Download the Happy Cafe flyer artwork in printable or print-shop ready formats.

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What other people are saying

Read more about the Happy Café in this article from the Brighton Argus: All smiles as UK's first Happy Cafe is launched.

And here are some quotes from people who've been to recent Happy Café gatherings:

  • "Hi, I had a really nice morning chatting about happiness and meeting new like minded people. Thank you for that and I will try and keep this outlook up through out my day. I look forward to the next meeting" ~ Suzanne
  • "It was a great way to start the weekend with friendly welcoming people. Friendly chat alongside in depth discussions on personal world views; great to share" ~ Kathy

Happy Cafes spread positivity

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Action for Happiness' Happy Cafes spread positivity around the UK

(Positive News, May 2015)

London's first Happy Cafe

Ruth Canvas

The Canvas cafe aims to improve wellbeing and self-esteem in the capital

(Huffington Post, March 2015)

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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.

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Happiness is contagious

Our happiness influences the people we know and the people they know.

Research shows that the happiness of a close contact increases the chance of being happy by 15%. The happiness of a 2nd-degree contact (e.g. friend's spouse) by 10% and the happiness of a 3rd-degree contact (e.g. friend of a friend of a friend) by 6%.

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Our happiness is not set in stone

Although our genes influence about 50% of the variation in our personal happiness, our circumstances (like income and environment) affect only about 10%.

As much as 40% is accounted for by our daily activities and the conscious choices we make. So the good news is that our actions really can make a difference.

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Giving is good for you

When we give to others it activates the areas of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust.

Altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain and boosts happiness for us as well as the people we help. Studies have shown that giving money away tends to make people happier than spending it on themselves.

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