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Positive Psychology for a Happier World

On 9 May 2016, the founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, joined us in London for a very special event to celebrate 5 years of Action for Happiness

Dr Seligman shared lots of insights, including some amazing new analysis of wellbeing trends using word clouds derived from social media. As a tribute to Dr Seligman's brilliant talk, we've created our own word cloud showing the topics being tweeted about during the event.

Seligman Word Cloud

Big thanks too to Sam Cowan from Cartoon Communications for providing these lovely sketches summarising some of the key messages from Dr Seligman's inspiring talk.

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Here are some of the many tweets which were shared relating to the event. Thanks so much to everyone who came and for all your amazing support and enthusiasm!

Photos from Seligman event

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Check out photos from our Martin Seligman event in May 2016.

Book: Ten Keys to Happier Living

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Order your copy of our inspiring, science-based book and discover how to live a happier life and help create a happier world.

POSTER #7: RESILIENCE

Find ways to bounce back

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Why happiness ?

"We all want to be happy and we want the people we love to be happy. Happiness means feeling good about our lives and wanting to go on feeling that way. Unhappiness means feeling bad and wanting things to change"

Richard Layard

Lord Richard Layard
Founder, Action for Happiness

A Force For Good

Dan Goleman's fantastic new book about the Dalai Lama's vision for our world.

A Force For Good

We are honoured that the work of Action for Happiness features in the book as an example of his ideas being put into practice.

POSTER #10: MEANING

Be part of something bigger

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Happy Cafes spread positivity

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Action for Happiness' Happy Cafes spread positivity around the UK

(Positive News, May 2015)

POSTER #1: GIVING

Do things for others

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Positive Emotions

"I've been able to show that fear closes down our minds and our hearts, whereas positive emotions literally open our minds and hearts... they really change our mindsets and our biochemistry"

Barbara Fredrickson

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson
Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina

POSTER #8: EMOTIONS

Look for what's good

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Lucy's story

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Find out how Lucy used ideas from the Ten Keys to Happier Living to help deal with depression and anxiety: Read Lucy's story

POSTER: GREAT DREAM

Ten Keys to Happier Living

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Children's kindness inspires commuters

Brockley Metro Kids V2

Pupils at John Stainer School re-branded Anti-Bullying Week as "It's Cool To Be Kind Week" and have been spreading kindness at school and in their local community.
Read more

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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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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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Happiness leads to success

Most people think that if they become successful, then they'll be happy.

But recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience show that this formula is backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.

When we're positive, our brains are more motivated, engaged, creative, energetic, resilient, and productive.

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Mindfulness changes your brain

Recent research has shown that an 8 week mindfulness meditation class can lead to structural brain changes including increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.

Telegraph HHDL Article

Can you teach yourself to be happy in 8 weeks? (Telegraph magazine, 9 Oct 2015)

POSTER #2: RELATING

Connect with people

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"We urgently need a change in priorities. So if you believe in a more caring society that puts well-being before wealth, and prioritises the things that really matter, then join us - add your voice and take action. Together we can create a happier and kinder world".

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Mark Williamson
Director, Action for Happiness

Daily Actions

The Happiness Challenge involves simple daily actions in three areas:

* Be Mindful - do less and notice more

* Be Kind - do things for others

* Be Grateful - remember the good things

Happiness Challenge workbook

Download: Happiness Challenge workbook

POSTER #4: AWARENESS

Live life mindfully

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Man's search for meaning

"We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: by creating a work or doing a deed; by experiencing something or encountering someone; and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering"

"Everything can be taken from a man but the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way"

Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl
Author of "Man's Search for Meaning" about his experience in a concentration camp.

 

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