Join a Local Group

Groups offer the chance to meet others near you who care about happiness, learn more about how to live a happy life and take action that makes a meaningful difference.

Find out how Groups work

Find a Group near you:

Enter your location below to find your nearest group, or feel free to browse the map also.

Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead

Linda & Michelle
Wednesday Aug 7, 7:30 PM

Aberdeen

Jenny & Wendy
Thursday Aug 1, 9:00 AM

Abu Dhabi, Yas Island

Juliane & Debs
Thursday Aug 1, 9:30 AM

Adelaide, Australia

Meena & Aileen
Thursday Aug 8, 6:00 PM

Athens

Vicky & Eleftheria
Friday Aug 2, 8:30 PM

Atlanta, Georgia

Monica & Maureen
Friday Aug 2, 12:00 PM

Auckland

Cheryl & Ylan
Wednesday Aug 14, 7:00 PM

Beaumont, Alberta

Pam
Wednesday Aug 7, 1:30 PM

Beccles

Gwen & Andrea
Monday Sep 9, 12:30 PM

Bedford

Quinnan & Saffron
Tuesday Aug 13, 7:00 PM

Bermondsey

Karen & Joy
Wednesday Aug 14, 7:00 PM

Blackburn

Emma & Franki
Tuesday Aug 20, 7:30 PM

Bradford on Avon

Anna & Genevieve
Wednesday Sep 4, 7:00 PM

Brighton

Josh & Undine
Wednesday Sep 4, 6:00 PM

Bristol

Julia, Ronnie, Liam & Kim
Monday Aug 5, 7:30 PM

Broadstairs

Sophie & Clare
Wednesday Aug 7, 7:15 PM

Bromley

Xaviere & Emma
Thursday Jul 25, 7:00 PM

Budapest

Szabina & Ildikó
Monday Aug 12, 6:30 PM

Cardiff

Polly & Kathryn
Tuesday Aug 6, 7:00 PM

Carshalton

Tracey & Sharon
Monday Aug 5, 7:00 PM

Champ Fleurs, Trinidad & Tobago

Raquel & Linda
Monday Aug 12, 7:00 PM

Chester

Stephanie & Jack
Thursday Sep 5, 6:00 PM

Chippenham

Rachel & Claire
Tuesday Aug 13, 7:00 PM

Chiswick & Acton

Theya & Hajra
Tuesday Aug 6, 10:00 AM

Copenhagen - in English

Cotswolds

Barry & Carolyn
Tuesday Aug 6, 8:00 PM

Dallas-Fort Worth

Jeannette & Miste
Sunday Aug 18, 10:00 AM

Dublin - in Portuguese

Tatiana, Natashe & Marta
Monday Aug 5, 7:00 PM

Ealing

Sneha, Deepak & Deborah
Thursday Sep 12, 7:30 PM

East London

Dru & Caroline
Wednesday Aug 21, 7:30 PM

Exeter

Kim & Silke
Tuesday Aug 20, 7:00 PM

Fairmont, West Virginia

Farnham

Michelle & Claire
Thursday Aug 1, 8:00 PM

Fort Lauderdale

Estela & ShinYi
Tuesday Aug 13, 6:00 PM

Germany [in German]

Luise , Marilen & Sandra
Wednesday Aug 7, 7:00 PM

Hanoi

Tam & Hoan
Saturday Aug 3, 8:00 PM

Herefordshire

Rob & Caroline
Monday Aug 19, 1:00 PM

Hermosillo

Jazmin & Malena
Wednesday Aug 7, 7:00 PM

Hungary

Anna & Rita
Monday Sep 9, 11:00 AM

Jerusalem

Natacha & Laura
Confirming next date

Karachi

Bradley & Melaine
Sunday Aug 18, 11:00 AM

Kingston

Mark
Monday Sep 2, 7:30 PM

Kolkata

Sabitri
Saturday Aug 17, 8:00 PM

Lancashire

Adam & Lisa
Thursday Aug 15, 7:30 PM

Leicester

Lynne & Raj
Thursday Aug 1, 6:30 PM

Lethbridge

Iryna & Diana
Wednesday Aug 14, 7:00 PM

Lincoln

Kiera & Emma
Wednesday Aug 14, 7:00 PM

Lisbon

Alexandra & Giselle
Confirming next date

Local Garden Centre, Woking

Luton

Joe & Penny
Thursday Aug 1, 7:00 PM

Luxembourg

Maria & Olga
Tuesday Aug 6, 6:30 PM

Margate

Eamon & Huda
Monday Aug 19, 6:00 PM

Mauritius

Sumayyah & Lavinia
Tuesday Aug 13, 7:30 PM

Melbourne

Lorraine & Janene
Tuesday Aug 6, 6:30 PM

Mexico City

Alejandra & Catalina
Monday Aug 5, 6:30 PM

Midland, Ontario

Darlene & Janice
Confirming next date

New Jersey

Phyllis (Flood) & Lisa
Wednesday Aug 14, 7:30 PM

Newquay

David & Anthony
Confirming next date

North and Mid Kent

Steve & Bernie
Wednesday Aug 14, 7:00 PM

North Calgary, Alberta

Inderjit & Adam
Tuesday Aug 6, 6:00 PM

North London

Mourijn, Angela & Elmira
Tuesday Aug 20, 7:00 PM

Northampton - Delapre Abbey

David & Debbie
Confirming next date

Northampton - Delapre Abbey London Rd

Nottingham

Sara & Beth
Wednesday Aug 21, 7:00 PM

Ostrava [in Czech]

Libor & Lenka
Confirming next date

Oxfordshire

Tam, Bill, Helen, Jo & Fero
Wednesday Aug 7, 7:00 PM

Perth

Rebekah
Sunday Aug 18, 10:00 AM

Perth and Kinross

Kim & Amy
Wednesday Aug 7, 6:30 PM

Peru

Clara
Tuesday Aug 13, 7:30 PM

Peterborough

Claire & Sharron
Confirming next date

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Robin & Peg
Monday Aug 12, 7:30 PM

Pittsburgh

Julie Ann & Christin
Monday Aug 19, 7:00 PM

Plymouth

Hassi
Tuesday Aug 13, 4:00 PM

Preston

Terry &
Monday Sep 9, 6:00 PM

Punta del Este - in Spanish

Saigon

Hieu & Chi
Confirming next date

Santiago

Jovy & Cielo
Tuesday Aug 13, 8:00 PM

Sao Paulo [in Portuguese]

Estela & Aline
Wednesday Jul 31, 8:00 PM

Sevenoaks

Christopher & Asha
Confirming next date

Shanghai [in English]

Debbie & Dalinda
Saturday Aug 3, 2:00 PM

Singapore

Luciana Maria & Yan Lin
Sunday Aug 11, 4:00 PM

South Hampshire

Gary & Kelly
Wednesday Aug 7, 6:00 PM

South Toronto

Roxane & Marjorie
Tuesday Aug 13, 6:30 PM

Southampton

Valerie & Céline
Tuesday Aug 20, 7:15 PM

Spain

Hayley & Alvaro
Wednesday Sep 18, 8:00 PM

St Neots

Karyn & joanna
Monday Aug 12, 7:15 PM

Stoke-on-Trent

Bret & Debra
Confirming next date

Teddington

Kate & Nada
Confirming next date

Tennessee

Karen & Courtney
Wednesday Aug 7, 7:00 PM

Toronto

Jaber, Thanuja & Zhen (Will)
Thursday Aug 1, 6:00 PM

Trondheim [in Norwegian and Swedish]

Kathrine Koren & Veronica
Thursday Aug 1, 6:00 PM

Uganda

Najjuma & Genevieve
Saturday Aug 3, 9:00 PM

Ulster

Karolyn , Breandan, Julie-Ann, Gillian & Tracy
Tuesday Aug 13, 7:00 PM

Vauxhall

Katrin & Philomena
Monday Aug 12, 7:00 PM

Versailles

Michele
Wednesday Aug 7, 8:30 PM

Warminster

Ciara & Spencer
Tuesday Aug 20, 7:30 PM

Warwick

Ali & Kate
Monday Aug 5, 7:00 PM

Watford

Debbie & Helen
Wednesday Aug 14, 10:30 AM

Westminster, Central London

Lama & Ruth
Tuesday Aug 13, 6:00 PM

Whitley Bay

Helen & Caron
Saturday Aug 10, 1:30 PM

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kevin & Leah
Wednesday Aug 7, 7:00 PM

Worcestershire

Clair & Michael
Thursday Aug 8, 7:00 PM

York

Lenaia & Lucy
Tuesday Aug 6, 7:00 PM

Yorkshire

Kathryn & Gemma
Confirming next date

How Groups Work

 

Each group is set up by volunteers who want to help people connect, learn and spread happiness locally.
 

Introduction to groups


Groups offer Action for Happiness supporters the chance to meet up with others near them and practice taking action to support their own and other's happiness.


Each month we explore one of the 10 Keys to Happier Living - evidence-based ways to create a happier and more meaningful life.
Currently these groups mostly run on Zoom, and involve a 90 minutes session.


They give you the chance to check in with others in the group, explore the monthly theme and set personal actions to take forward in your own life.


Groups are a great way to meet like-minded people locally, learn more about how to live a happy and meaningful life and find actions you can take to support yourself and others.

Underpinning the sessions are our ‘Five Golden Rules’ which are designed to ensure participants agree to some ground rules to respect and support each other: 

We really listen to each other.
We practice giving each other our full attention and valuing the perspectives, experiences and insights that everyone brings.

We are open about our feelings.
We notice our feelings and practice being open about them, recognising that being a little vulnerable in this way helps us all to connect.

We focus on what is working well.
We practice turning our attention to the positive and valuable, such as the things we feel grateful for and can learn from.

We practice safe boundaries.
We recognise this is not a space with a lot of mental health support. With this in mind, we make wise decisions about how much we open up so we don’t feel too vulnerable or uncomfortable.

We maintain a spirit of kindness.
We find ways to be kind to ourselves and one another throughout the session, and practice this kindness regularly.

 

Group Structure

Each session follows the same format, which has been designed to be inspiring and interactive, including:

TUNING IN
We use mindfulness, checking-in and gratitude to help us tune in to what matters and to focus on what’s good. Tuning in gives us an opportunity to get to know each other, recognise how we’re feeling in a safe space of mindfulness and gratitude.

CONNECT
We get inspired by hearing a reflection on the theme from the science of happiness, sometimes with a short video too, and speak to one another about our own experiences too. Connecting like this gives us the opportunity to learn about this month’s topic as well as putting our own experience in the context of how others live too. 

TAKE ACTION
Inspired by the discussion, everyone commits to an action they’d like to take over the month ahead, which reflects where they are at personally and fits well with their life. Taking action gives us an opportunity to put into practice what we’ve learnt and engage really feel different by doing something different. 

Monthly Themes

Happier January (The 10 Keys to Happier Living)
We reflect on all of the 10 Keys to Happier Living. The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on our intentions and choose a focus that will bring happiness to ourselves and others.

Friendly February (Relating - Connect with people)
We can explore the role of relationships in our happiness and wellbeing. One thing that science has shown is that relationships are critical, not just for survival, but for our sense of connectedness, meaning, and wellbeing. 

Mindful March (Awareness - Live life mindfully)
All about helping us to live more fully in the present moment - rather than losing ourselves in regrets about the past or worries about the future.

Active April (Exercise - Take care of our body)
There is a wealth of research showing the connection between our body and mind and the better we do at keeping our bodies active and healthy the better we tend to feel.

Meaningful May (Meaning - Be part of something bigger)
Whether it comes from our relationships, purposeful work or our connection to the wider world, meaning is something we can all benefit from understanding and developing.

Joyful June (Emotions - Look for what’s good)
Numerous studies have shown that experiencing positive emotions, even just briefly, can result in greater creativity, attention, connection, trust, resilience and resourcefulness.

Jump-Back July (Resilience - Find ways to bounce back)
Life is rich with ups and downs and we find happiness in how we manage both. When difficulties arise, we can learn to lean on our natural resilience and science shows that there are lots of practical ways we can support ourselves through tough times.

Altruistic August (Giving - Do things for others)
Helping other people is not only good for them and a great thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Caring for others creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for everyone.

Self-Care September (Acceptance - Be comfortable with who you are)
Focusing on what we’re not rather than what we’ve got makes it much harder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our well-being.

Optimistic October (Direction - Have goals to look forward to) 
Feeling good about the future can be very supportive to our present happiness. Choosing ambitious but realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them. A sense of direction can help us relax and feel like things are on-track.

New Ways November (Trying Out - Keep learning new things)
Learning new things exposes us to new ideas, helps us stay curious, gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence and resilience.

Do-Good December (Giving - Do things for others)
When we're kind, everything goes better. We help others, we help ourselves and we encourage others to be kinder too. During the festive period, we take our attention off buying things, and back onto helping each other.

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