I was recently introduced to Action for Happiness. You may have seen the BBC Breakfast programme about it in January.
This is a movement of people committed to building a happier society, where people care less about what they can get for themselves and more about the happiness of others, founded in 2010 by three influential figures who are passionate about creating a happier society: Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon.
They’re bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life, drawing on the latest scientific research and backed by leading experts from the fields of psychology, education, economics, social innovation and beyond.
Members of the movement make a simple pledge: to try to create more happiness in the world around them through the way they approach their lives. The movement provides practical ideas to enable people to take action in different areas of their lives – at home, at work or in the community. I am hoping to find a local group, although most of the focus is London at the moment, I am hopeful that it spreads North…
There are no religious, political or commercial affiliations and people of all faiths (or none) and all parts of society are invited to become part of the movement.
I love this.
Especially the Ten Keys to Happier Living, which include some that are particularly pertinent for scanners: Keep Learning New Things, Have Goals to Look Forward To and Be Comfortable With Who You Are.
Maybe we should all take The Happiness Pledge…