Mental Health Training

Action for Happiness ‘Exploring What Matters’ (8 x 2 hour sessions)

The Action for Happiness course is a unique and inspiring 8-week course to explore what matters for a happy and meaningful life.

Action for happiness logo, happyThe course is based on the latest scientific evidence and is intended for people of all backgrounds, particularly those who would like to see a more positive and caring society.

Each session has a theme, based on a ‘big question’, such as: What really matters in life?  What actually makes us happy? And: How should we treat others?

The course is run over 8 sessions, which take place weekly and last for 2 hours. Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive. The structure includes:

Tuning in

Simple activities that are great for wellbeing e.g. mindfulness exercise

  • Expert view:

An inspiring 15-minute TED-style video/talk from a leading expert (including Richard Layard, Ed Diener, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Karen Amrstrong, Brene Brown, Shawn Achor)

  • Personal view:

A chance for people to reflect on their own experiences

  • Did you know?

Fascinating and surprising research findings relating to the theme

  • Group discussion:

Sharing ideas in groups and listening to each other’s perspectives

Action ideas:

Everybody comes away with an action they hope to take as a result


Course Content

WEEK 1: What really matters in life? Lots of things are important in life, but how should we decide what really matters to us? This session explores whether a greater focus on happiness and wellbeing might be better for all of us.

WEEK 2: What actually makes us happy? We’re told that happiness comes from having more and earning more, but is this really true? Does happiness come from our circumstances or our inner attitudes? And can we learn how to be happier?

WEEK 3: Can we find peace of mind? Life can be highly stressful. In this session we’ll explore how to deal effectively with life’s ups and downs and cope with adversity. And we’ll look at some skills tAction for happiness, quote, happyhat can help us be more resilient.

WEEK 4: How should we treat others? Our society appears increasingly individualistic and competitive. Is this just human nature or are we naturally altruistic too? How should we behave towards others – and can we learn to be more compassionate?

WEEK 5: What makes for great relationships? We’re a social species and most of us know that our connections with others are vitally important. But what really affects our relationships and are there practical things we can do to enhance them?

WEEK 6: Can we be happier at work? Work is a huge part of our lives, but many of us find our work to be stressful and frustrating. Do happier organizations get better results? What makes us happy at work? And what can we do about it?

WEEK 7: Can we build happier communities? What does it mean to live well together – and why are some communities or societies much happier than others? In this session we’ll explore how to create communities that are more caring, connected and happy.

WEEK 8: How can we create a happier world? This session brings together everything we’ve covered during the course. It aims to inspire each of us to live in a way that contributes to a happier world, not just for ourselves but for others too.

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