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


Members Include

Action for Happiness is bringing together people from all walks of life who are commited to taking action to help build a happier society. Early members include...

Our first member


  • Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate
  • Simon Pegg, actor
  • Goldie Hawn, actress
  • David Puttnam, film producer
  • Simon Woods, actor


  • Nicholas Baring, insurance
  • Bob Gavron, entrepreneur
  • Clive Hollick, media entrepreneur
  • Adair Turner, bank regulator

Medicine & Science

  • Colin Blakemore, neuroscientist
  • Ara Darzi, surgeon
  • Leslie Turnberg, physician
  • Robert May, ecology
  • Lewis Wolpert, embryology


  • Ian Kennedy, regulator
  • Mark Waller, judge

Philosophers & Writers

  • Alain de Botton
  • Roger Crisp
  • Anthony Grayling
  • Richard Harries
  • Richard Holloway
  • Tony Hawks

Public Life

  • Tessa Blackstone, university vice-chancellor
  • Joanna Foster, equalities
  • Elizabeth Hoodless, volunteering
  • Molly Meacher, chair of NHS trust


  • Steve Redgrave

Why happiness ?

"We all want to be happy and we want the people we love to be happy. Happiness means feeling good about our lives and wanting to go on feeling that way. Unhappiness means feeling bad and wanting things to change"

Richard Layard

Lord Richard Layard
Founder, Action for Happiness

Dalai Lama

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions".

- Dalai Lama


Ten Keys to Happier Living

Great Dream 200

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