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 Mar 6, 7:00 PM

Aberdeen

Jenny & Wendy
Thursday Mar 7, 9:00 AM

Abu Dhabi, Yas Island

Juliane & Debs
Thursday Mar 7, 9:30 AM

Adelaide, Australia

Meena & Aileen
Thursday Mar 7, 6:30 PM

Athens

Eleni & Vicky
Monday Mar 4, 8:00 PM

Atlanta, Georgia

Monica & Maureen
Friday Apr 5, 12:00 PM

Auckland

Cheryl & Ylan
Wednesday Mar 13, 7:00 PM

Beaumont, Alberta

Pam & Tracey
Wednesday Mar 6, 1:30 PM

Bedford

Quinnan & Saffron
Tuesday Mar 12, 7:00 PM

Bermondsey

Karen & Joy
Wednesday Mar 13, 7:00 PM

Bradford on Avon

Anna & Genevieve
Wednesday Mar 6, 7:00 PM

Brighton

Josh & Undine
Wednesday Mar 6, 6:00 PM

Bristol

Julia , Ronnie, Liam & Kim
Monday Mar 4, 7:30 PM

Broadstairs

Sophie, Clare & Phil
Confirming next date

Budapest

Eszter & Szabina
Monday Mar 4, 6:30 PM

Cardiff

Polly & Kathryn
Tuesday Mar 5, 7:00 PM

Carshalton

Tracey & Sharon
Monday Mar 4, 7:00 PM

Champ Fleurs, Trinidad & Tobago

Raquel & Simone
Monday Mar 11, 7:00 PM

Chester

Stephanie
Thursday Mar 7, 6:00 PM

Chippenham

Rachel & Claire
Tuesday Mar 5, 7:00 PM

Copenhagen - in English

Cotswolds

Barry & Carolyn
Tuesday Mar 5, 8:00 PM

Dhaka

Betsy & Sabitri
Thursday Apr 11, 1:30 PM

Dublin - in Portuguese

Tatiana, Natashe & Marta
Monday Mar 4, 7:00 PM

Ealing

Sneha, Deepak & Deborah
Thursday Mar 14, 7:30 PM

East London

Dru & Caroline
Wednesday Mar 20, 7:30 PM

Exeter

Kim & Silke
Tuesday Mar 19, 7:00 PM

Fairmont, West Virginia

Farnham

Michelle & Claire
Thursday Mar 7, 8:00 PM

Glasgow City Centre

Sharon & Victoria
Tuesday Mar 5, 6:30 PM

Hermosillo

Jazmin & Malena
Wednesday Mar 6, 8:00 PM

Lancaster

Moira, Rebecca & Vicki
Tuesday Mar 5, 6:30 PM

Leicester

Lynne & Raj
Thursday Mar 7, 6:30 PM

Lincoln

Michael & Kiera
Wednesday Mar 13, 7:00 PM

Local Garden Centre, Woking

Bev & Hala
Tuesday Mar 12, 10:00 AM

Luton

Joe & Penny
Thursday Mar 7, 7:00 PM

Luxembourg

Maria & Olga
Confirming next date

Manchester - Deansgate

Joanne & Zoe
Monday Mar 11, 6:00 PM

Margate

Eamon & Huda
Monday Mar 18, 6:00 PM

Mauritius

Sumayyah & Lavinia
Tuesday Mar 26, 7:30 PM

Melbourne

Lorraine & Janene
Tuesday Mar 5, 6:30 PM

Mexico City

Alejandra & Catalina
Wednesday Mar 6, 6:30 PM

Midland, Ontario

Darlene & Janice
Tuesday Apr 2, 1:00 PM

Newquay

David & Anthony
Thursday Mar 7, 7:00 PM

North and Mid Kent

Steve & Bernie
Wednesday Mar 20, 7:00 PM

North Brisbane

Rachael & Madeline
Thursday Mar 21, 6:30 PM

North Calgary, Alberta

Inderjit & Adam
Tuesday Mar 5, 6:00 PM

North London

Mourijn, Angela, Elmira & Margaret
Tuesday Mar 19, 7:00 PM

Northampton - Delapre Abbey

David & Pete
Wednesday Mar 27, 10:00 AM

Northampton - Delapre Abbey London Rd

Ontario, Canada

Terry & Ana Maria
Tuesday Mar 5, 8:30 AM

Oxfordshire

Tam, Bill, Helen & Jo
Wednesday Mar 6, 5:00 PM

Perth

Sharon, Andy & Charlotte
Wednesday Mar 6, 7:00 PM

Perth and Kinross

Janey & Sheila
Wednesday Mar 6, 6:30 PM

Peru

Clara & Jovy
Tuesday Mar 5, 7:30 PM

Peterborough

Claire & Sharron
Thursday Mar 7, 7:30 PM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Robin & Peg
Monday Mar 18, 7:30 PM

Pittsburgh

Julie Ann & Christin
Monday Apr 15, 7:00 PM

Plymouth

Nikki & Hassi
Monday Mar 4, 7:00 PM

Punta del Este - in Spanish

Daniela & Ernesto
Wednesday Mar 13, 8:00 PM

San Francisco

Suren & Yakov
Wednesday Mar 13, 6:30 PM

Santiago

Jovy & Cielo
Tuesday Mar 12, 8:00 PM

Sao Paulo [in Portuguese]

Estela & Aline
Wednesday Mar 20, 8:00 PM

Sevenoaks

Christopher & Asha
Confirming next date

Singapore

Luciana Maria & Yan Lin
Thursday Mar 7, 8:00 PM

South Hampshire

Gary & Kelly
Wednesday Mar 6, 6:00 PM

South Manchester

Jane & Julie
Tuesday Mar 12, 7:30 PM

South Toronto

Roxane & Marjorie
Tuesday Mar 12, 6:30 PM

Southampton

Valerie & Céline
Tuesday Apr 16, 7:15 PM

St Neots

Karyn & joanna
Monday Mar 18, 7:15 PM

Stoke-on-Trent

Bret & Debra
Monday Mar 4, 7:00 PM

Teddington

Kate & Nada
Wednesday Mar 13, 7:00 PM

Tennessee

Karen & Courtney
Wednesday Mar 6, 7:00 PM

Toronto

Jaber & Thanuja
Thursday Mar 7, 6:00 PM

Ulster

Karolyn , Breandan, Julie-Ann, Gillian & Tracy
Tuesday Mar 12, 7:00 PM

Vauxhall

Katrin, Katy & Philomena
Monday Mar 11, 7:00 PM

Versailles

Kelly & Michele
Wednesday Mar 6, 8:30 PM

Warminster

Ciara & Spencer
Tuesday Apr 9, 7:30 PM

Warwick

Ali & Kate
Monday Mar 11, 7:00 PM

Watford

Debbie & Helen
Wednesday Mar 13, 10:30 AM

West Ottawa, Ontario

Catherine & Gail
Tuesday Mar 5, 7:00 PM

Westminster, Central London

Lama & Malena
Tuesday Mar 12, 6:00 PM

Whitley Bay

Helen & Caron
Saturday Mar 9, 1:30 PM

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kevin & Leah
Wednesday Mar 6, 7:00 PM

Worcestershire

Clair & Michael
Thursday Mar 14, 7:00 PM

Yorkshire

Kathryn & Gemma
Wednesday Mar 6, 7:00 PM

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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