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Newsletter 3: Movement for Happiness is changing

01 Dec 2010 | Mark Williamson

It's been a fascinating couple of weeks for those of us who care about building a happier society. The UK government's decision to officially measure people's well-being has generated lots of debate and discussion, both here and abroad. If nothing else, it seems clear that happiness is a topic that sparks passionate views and touches every aspect of our lives.

In this email I'll share some of our latest progress in building a movement for positive social change, starting with some big news…

We're now called Action for Happiness!

We're delighted to announce that, as of 1 December, the Movement for Happiness is changing its name to Action for Happiness.

We've spent a lot of time listening to people's views and this change reflects what we've heard. We really hope you like the new name and would love your reactions.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

We're also excited to announce our new Action for Happiness Facebook page and Twitter feed, where you can stay up to date all the latest news relating to happiness. Please sign up to follow us and share these with all your friends and colleagues too.

How you can support the movement

We continue to be amazed and inspired by all the offers of support that we've received. We're still finding our feet with a small and rather over-stretched team, so we're sorry if you've sent us an idea that we've not responded to yet.

The question we're asked most often is "What can I do to contribute to the movement?" To answer this, here are some suggested actions which we'd love you to get involved with: What you can do

Happiness in the news

These are a few articles relating to happiness from the last couple of weeks which I hope you'll find interesting:

And finally… another big thank you

In our last newsletter we asked you fill out a survey about your views on the movement. The response was phenomenal, with over 500 people completing it just within the first two days! The replies are fascinating and I'll share these with you all soon. But in the meantime, thanks so much to all of you who took the time to do this.


As always, we'd love to hear from you - so please get in touch at our new Action for Happiness email address info@actionforhappiness.org

I'll leave you with this inspiring quote from Gandhi: "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony".


Mark Williamson
Director, Action for Happiness


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