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Set up a Happy
Cafe in your local community, where like-minded people can meet
to share ideas about happiness and wellbeing.
We humans are, above all, a socialspecies - and the most striking finding from all of the research on happiness is the vital importance of our relationships with other people.
Setting up a HappyCafe involves finding a local venue which can act as a hub for like-minded people to connect, relax and share inspiration together on a daily basis. These local connections hold the key to happier lives and a happier society.
Our Brighton Action for Happiness group led the way by creating the very first Happy Cafe.
So the best place to start is to see what they've done in Brighton and see if you could create something similar in your local community.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create a local Happy Cafe for like-minded people to connect and share ideas
Ten Keys to Happier Living - Guidebook
Ten factors that are really important for our well-being
Connect with people
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%.
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.
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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