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Would you like to be part of creating a happier society? Do you care about the happiness of others around you? If so please join us, add your pledge and take action - at home, at school, at work or in your community. Together we can create a better, happier future.

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

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** FREE TEN KEYS TO HAPPIER LIVING POSTCARDS FOR MEMBERS **

People often ask what more they can do to support our movement and make a difference.

So here is something very practical you can do: order some free copies of our Ten Keys to Happier Living postcard and share them in your local community groups, public buildings, organisations, schools, events, festivals etc - or just hand them out to family, friends and colleagues.

As shown below, the postcard has a summary of our Ten Keys (which together spell out GREAT DREAM) on one side and some encouragement to join Action for Happiness on the other.

10 keys postcards - front   10 keys postcards - back

All you have to do is email us at postcards@actionforhappiness.org and tell us your postal address, how many postcards you need and what you plan to do with them. Provided we've got some in stock and your request sounds reasonable, we'll be delighted to send them out to you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

About the Ten Keys to Happier Living

Everyone's path to happiness is different. But our review of the latest research has found Ten Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make people's lives happier and more fulfilling.

For more general information see: 10 Keys to Happier Living

Or you can download the 10 Keys to Happier Living summary

Also, you might be interested in our set of inspiring posters for each of the Ten Keys. (At a later date we hope to also make these posters into a set of postcards but at this stage it's just the general 10 Keys postcard shown above that is available).

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Happier people live longer

Happiness doesn't just feel good. A review of hundreds of studies has found compelling evidence that happier people have better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers.

Anxiety, depression, pessimism and a lack of enjoyment of daily activities have all been found to be associated with higher rates of disease and shorter lifespans

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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 is good for your heart

Harvard School of Public Health examined 200 separate research studies on psychological wellbeing and cardiovascular health.

Optimism and positive emotion were found to provide protection against cardiovascular disease, to slow progression of heart disease and reduce risk, by around 50%, of experiencing a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack.

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Happiness: a skill you can learn

Western neuroscience has now confirmed what Eastern wisdom has known for a long time: happiness is a skill we can learn.

Research shows that happiness, compassion and kindness are the products of skills that can be learned and enhanced through training, thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brains.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR WORK

Action for Happiness is a small charitable initiative working hard to inspire practical action for a happier and more caring society. Our work relies on donations.

Please join our growing group of supporters by donating whatever you can today. It will really make a difference. Thank you!

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