1. Find some like-minded people. Start by talking to people you know about your plan to start an Action for Happiness group. Try to find a handful of people who would be interested in joining you - and ask them to involve others they know too. Alternatively post your group idea and location on our MeetUp page so others can see it and contact you.
2. Select an initial theme. Based on your own interest and the views of the people you've spoken to, choose an initial theme for your group. There are no hard and fast rules and the group's focus will evolve over time. Here are some suggested themes for groups:
3. Arrange to meet. Find a suitable venue - depending on your chosen theme this could be someone's house, a local café or pub, a local community meeting place, or an office or school. Try to share any relevant information with group beforehand - see links on this site for ideas.
4. Make things happen. Follow the energy of the group and decide together what themes and actions you want to pursue. Organise regular sessions together and grow the group to include others where appropriate.
Over the coming months the Action for Happiness team is planning to develop a more detailed and structured set of materials for groups to work through together. These will provide more structure to underpin group activities.
Although group meetings and actions will normally take place face-to-face, it's useful to get members joined up on-line. We recommend creating specific MeetUps (meetings) as part of the Action for Happiness MeetUp group. This allows you to share messages and ideas with other members and also lets other interested people find your group.
You don't have to use MeetUp to run your group. You could equally use Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Groups, Ning or something else - whatever you're familiar with and works best for you. But however you decide to manage your activities, please announce your group on our Groups and Events page so that other members of Action for Happiness can hear about it.
For more information see About Action for Happiness Groups.