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Beyond Happiness: Book Offer

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** Exclusive Action for Happiness competition to win copies of Beyond Happiness **

We have ten copies to give away of the brilliant new book Beyond Happiness by Anthony Seldon, the co-founder of Action for Happiness, courtesy of Hodder & Stoughton.

To apply, simply email offers@actionforhappiness.org with one sentence about why you'd like the book, plus your address details. Entries close at 6pm UK time on Tues 21 April 2015 and winners will be notified soon after.

Please note: to be eligible for this competition you need to be an Action for Happiness member (it's free - simply click on the blue 'Join Us' button at the top of the page).

About the book and author

Seldon At School

Sir Anthony Seldon is arguably Britain's best-known Headmaster and famously introduced wellbeing classes into his school, Wellington College in 2006. He is also a leading authority on contemporary British history and author of over 30 books, including biographies of all recent British Prime Ministers. In 2011, he co-founded Action for Happiness with Richard Layard and Geoff Mulgan - and in 2014 he received a knighthood in the Queen's annual birthday honours list.

In his new book -Beyond Happiness - Anthony distinguishes between pleasure, happiness and joy and offers an original approach to making our lives more meaningful and rewarding.

"This is a book at once wise and passionate about making the most of your time on earth. I had a sense of peace and coming home"

~ Rachel Kelly (author of Black Rainbow)

"A brilliant plea for a happiness that goes beyond the self, from the remarkable co-founder of Action for Happiness"

~ Richard Layard

"This book is simply brilliant. Informative, moving and comprehensive, a masterfully written exploration of the challenging road we all journey on"

~ Tanya Byron

An evening with Anthony Seldon

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Join us for an inspiring evening with Anthony Seldon as he shares practical ideas for living a more joyful and fulfilling life.

Find out more and book tickets

Weds 22 April - Conway Hall, London


Ten Keys to Happier Living

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Happiness: a skill you can learn

Western neuroscience has now confirmed what Eastern wisdom has known for a long time: happiness is a skill we can learn.

Research shows that happiness, compassion and kindness are the products of skills that can be learned and enhanced through training, thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brains.

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Mindfulness changes your brain

Recent research has shown that an 8 week mindfulness meditation class can lead to structural brain changes including increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.
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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.

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Happiness is good for your heart

Harvard School of Public Health examined 200 separate research studies on psychological wellbeing and cardiovascular health.

Optimism and positive emotion were found to provide protection against cardiovascular disease, to slow progression of heart disease and reduce risk, by around 50%, of experiencing a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack.