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


Introductory video

This video introduces Action for Happiness, explaining why we think happiness matters and how Action for Happiness hopes to inspire and enable people to help build a happier society together.


Huge thanks to everyone involved in helping to make this film, including Jim Banting, Alan Stratton, Jamie McDine, Mike Zeidler, Dal Babu, Sophie Howarth, Gail Gallie, Sherry Clarke, Vanessa King, Ed Pinkney, Mariama Ifode and the very lovely residents of Easton in Bristol!

The film was produced by e-Digital Design with filming and editing by Medialane Productions. The outdoor footage was courtesy of our friends at Happy City, produced by Jamie McDine.

"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

Listening - giving time to listen to friends and family when they need to talk or unburden Visiting friend in nursing home when I can Taking widowed mother-in-law out at weekends Sending flowers or a card to cheer someone up Suggesting ideas for friend's project and giving her some materials

Judith, Surrey, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:23

Small and big things whenever I have the opportunity. I left a corporate job to start my own company Emergency Happiness so I could dedicate my career and life to helping others find happiness and success. I also take pleasure in helping others in small ways such as a smile or a hug

Genevieve, Berkshire, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:26

I am a nurse and although I get paid for my job I feel in that momnet of caring for my patient I try to give so much comfort and kindness.

Tracey, Bangor, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:26

Make time for friends to listen to their issues and try to help come to solutions. Try and make things better at work so people get the information they need

Luke, London, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:24

My paid employment is all about helping others. I provide administrative support for a counselling charity, yet most of my day is taken up with providing listening support for our clients. It is not in my job description, but I am not going to turn down someone's request for help just to get the filing done

Emma-Jayne, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:25
For me, helping others is about both the big things - like the job we do - and the small things - just the way we are with people. Through my work I've chosen to do something that I hope makes a positive contribution, and through my daily actions I try to be a force for good. I'm no saint but I always try to look out for people and help where I can.

Mark, Kingston, Surrey

24 Feb 2011, 11:47

At 69, to explore something new and to create something new; I am creating a laughter and happiness club - launches on 2nd April. What happens if only one person attends? Make sure the next session has at least two people attending!

Keith, Carlisle, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:26

Investing lots of my time and energy in developing and delivering quality learning experiences to inspire and motivate young people. Supporting specific groups in the community and giving my time to support local events. Responding positively to all emails from teachers, requesting educational advice and guidance.

Jo, Plymouth, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:25

I run a community choir and a monthly philosophy cafe, and am an active member of my local Transition Town group and various other local community and green groups.

Marilyn, Kingston, UK

10 Apr 2011, 06:24

Offer advice and support to friends and family in need Making time for people that need my help or assistance regardless of whether they are friends, colleagues or strangers. Try to be polite and courteous in all situations and to always see the best in people, in the hope (perhaps misguided!) that my behavior will be contagious and that if everyone behaved that way then we could make a real change to society.

Josephine, Northumberland, UK

10 Apr 2011, 04:48

I give to charity, I sponsor an orphan in Uganda, Im involved in a community housing project and also in a community fruit harvesting project, I campaign for social and environmental justice, I try to be a good friend to people, I try to have a positve can-do attiutude in life (at work and at home), I am friendly to strangers/neighbours/random people on the bus etc, I try not to live my life in a way that compromises other peoples abil;ity to live theirs (now and in the future).

Amanda, Leeds, UK

10 Apr 2011, 05:42
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