Below are the showcase projects that were involved in the Action
for Happiness launch event in April 2011. They are examples of
inspiring projects relating to happiness and well-being and all
have Action for Happiness members involved.
Good Week is a new initiative from A Very Good
Company to inspire people, businesses and communities to take
action to feel good, do good and live good. It will take place in
DIY Happiness uses humour,
creativity and evidence from positive psychology to provide
practical advice and information that increases people's ability to
'bounce back' from adversity, reduces the impact of stress,
increases resilience and builds durable personal resources.
Guerrilla Hugs is a social
enterprise aimed at promoting free hugs for well being and random
acts of kindness for happiness. The aims are to increase touch and
social interaction in everyday life, promoting connection, meaning,
community and pro-social behaviour.
Happy City is helping individuals
and communities to focus on happiness, and put their energy
into the things that support and increase it. Through events,
grassroots campaigns and an online hub, it brings ideas to
people of all ages, backgrounds and outlooks in a fun and
The Happy Museum Project is
challenging museums to re-imagine their purpose and discover how
they can help people connect, be more active, learn new things,
look at the world differently and give back to the community.
How To Thrive provides
leading-edge expertise in the skills and approaches that allow
children, young people, leaders, organisations and communities to
thrive and flourish. Their flagship programme is the Penn
The Lambeth Wellbeing Programme
aims to make the most of the strengths and assets of people living
and working in Lambeth and create the conditions where it is
possible for all to achieve their potential for wellbeing.
Clubs is a collection of 50 workshops written by Nina
Grunfeld. These practical, fun and inspirational workshops are run
weekly in local clubs throughout the UK and Canada and are a great
way to access expert and affordable self-improvement guidance.
Mental Wealth UK is a national scheme
designed to help universities and higher education institutions run
promotional events to inform and support students on mental health
Mindapples is a campaign to make
taking care of our minds something we all care about, collectively.
We make people more aware of the connection between what they do
and how they feel, and promote the benefits to everyone of taking
better care of our minds by asking "What's the 5-a-day for your
Mindful Maps uses visual facilitation
and illustration to helps group or individuals gain an empathy with
information and catalyse creative learning. Led by the belief that
we are all artists, this approach nurtures, supports and empowers
creativity to enable positive change.
The New Economics Foundation is
an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates
real economic well-being. NEF has done pioneering work relating to
well-being, including developing the Five Ways to Wellbeing and
work on measurement of well-being.
Relate helps people achieve happiness
in their relationships if they are young or old, single or in a
relationship, straight or gay. It's vision is a future in which
healthy relationships form the heart of a happy and thriving
The Strive for Happiness is
about people, curiosity, play, adventure, sharing, experience,
listening, learning, change, fun and creativity, making people be
as fabulous as they are, supporting them to find their purpose,
passions and to find value in their lives.
The University of East
London provides an MSc in Applied Positive
Psychology (MAPP), an innovative postgraduate degree, only the
second of its kind in the world. The MAPP attracts an international
cohort of students from a range of professional backgrounds and has
a strong focus on the practical applications of positive
The Young Foundation brings together
insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. It
has done pioneering work relating to well-being, including the
Local Wellbeing project.
Other content from the Launch Event