Why wouldn’t anyone want to bring more happiness into their life?

Our aim is to develop an online fellowship of people from around the world interested in increasing happiness and improving mental health and wellbeing, discovering the Action for Happiness Ten Keys to Happier Living and discussing the future of society following the Corona virus pandemic. We currently have over 1000 subscribers from around the world.

See this recent BBC news item about the Global Happy Cafe:-


GLOBAL HAPPY CAFE is free to attend!

Login: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88302360790?pwd=eWdYd01kSHB4bktZNzN3T1BzZnIrUT09

Or register for the series at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-happy-cafe-tickets-134388029213  

Programme of meetings

DateSpeaker                     TitleComment
Wed 1st July 2020Mark Williamson
Stan Rosenthal
CEO, Action for Happiness
UK Happy Café
Mon 3rd Aug 2020Vibha Sri
John Magee 
Vanessa King
Prof Ruut Veenhoven
Gratitude and Joyshops in India
Kindness Matters
Author: Ten Keys & Great Dream
World Happiness Database launch
Tue 1st Sept 2020Sian Williams
Sylvia Ramirez,
BBC presenter on Resilience
Happiness Manifesto in Colombia
Thur 1st Oct 2020Julia Kim, GNH Bhutan
Lesley Lyle
Rachel More
Balancing conditions for Happiness
Positive Psychology and VIA
The Power of Singing
Mon 2nd Nov 2020Sir Anthony Seldon
Prof Isaac Prilleltensky
Finding Happiness
Mattering & Wellbeing
Tue 1st Dec 2020Prof John Helliwell  World Happiness Report  completed  
Fri 1st Jan 2021Jackie GoddardNew Year’s Resolutions and talk on being Creativecompleted
Mon 1st Feb 2021Suzie Pawelski
Lord Richard Layard
Happy Together for Valentine Day
Can we be happier?
Mon 1st Mar 2021Julia Seibold
Peter Keevil
Toshiko Omonishi
Making friends in new environment
Finding Happiness after Covid-19
Happiness in France and Japan
Thur 1st Apr 2021Helen Russell
Dr Sonam Tobgye
Atlas of Happiness and How to be sad
Happiness in Bhutan
Mon 3rd May 2021Dulcie Batt and Julia Siebold
Sara Odorisio
Happiness Workshop
Happiness in Italy
Tues 1st June 2021Lord Gus O’DonnellHappiness and Wellbeing in Society completed
Thur 1st July 2021Dr Robert Biswas-Diener and Amy BlanksonDiscussion on Positive Psychology and the Future of Happinesscompleted
Mon 2nd Aug 2021Ian Maskell
Desiree Vanshagen
Kerry Pocock
Wall’s Happiness Manifesto
Happiness in The Netherlands
Book review “How to be Happy”
Wed 1st Sept 2021Mandy Seligman together with Marty Seligman
Adisha Kariyawasam
Seeing Happy – a new photographic project promoting happiness and wellbeing
Happiness and Music in Sri Lanka
Fri 1st Oct 2021
Dr Qing Li introduced by Toshiko Omonishi
Siva Muthuraman
Forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku)
Happiness in India
Mon 1st Nov 2021Andree-Anne Le Blanc
Kerry Pocock
Ruth Davey
Jeannie An and Sandra Rakovac
Adventure MAP
Book review “How people Matter” by Isaac Prilleltensky
Look Again – A visual therapy
Happiness in Canada
Wed 1st Dec 2021Dr Emilia Bunea
John Butler
Happiness in leadership
Spiritual Unfoldment

Watch our promo video:-

Join us for the next meeting on December 1st: our guest speakers are Dr. Emilia Bunea who is a leadership scholar and educator. She will be talking about her research on leisure and leadership, focusing on the happiness dimension. She will also be introducing her latest movie “Crossroads Life” which was awarded a prize for the best business education film from the Helsinki Education Film Festival. Also joining us, John Butler the popular You Tuber with over 2.5 views who will be talking about Meditation and the Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment.

To join our next online Global Happy Cafe Meeting, just go to:-  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88302360790?pwd=eWdYd01kSHB4bktZNzN3T1BzZnIrUT09 

Meetings start promptly at 7pm GMT, however you are welcome to login slightly earlier if you wish.

November 1st Meeting : Guest speaker, Canadian explorer Andree-Anne Le Blanc talked about her Adventure MAP and discovering happiness through her travels in different parts of the world, Ruth Davey explained the benefits of mindful photography and how her Look Again project with the NHS is helping with people’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience and Jeannie An and Sandra Rakovac joined us from Canada to give an illustrated talk on Happiness in Canada. In our monthly book review, Kerry Pocock reviewed the latest book by Professor Isaac Prilleltensky and his wife Ora on “How People Matter.”

To download a recording of our November meeting, just visit:- https://www.dropbox.com/…/happy%20cafe%20Nov%202021.mp4…

October 1st Meeting : Our guest speaker, Dr Xing Li, author of a world renowned book on Forest Bathing talks about the Art and Science of Forest Bathing introduced by Toshiko Omonishi our Happiness Ambassador from Japan. Siva Murthaman also joins us to talk about Happiness in India.

See video of the meeting at:-https://www.dropbox.com/s/94n54waqlba09z5/Happy%20Cafe%20Oct%202021.mp4?dl=0

September 2021 Meeting – Mandy Seligman, wife of renowned US Positive Psychologist Dr Martin Seligman, talks about her new photographic project “Seeing Happy”. Download a recording at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ug12dxxd8l9504x/Happy%20Cafe%20Sept%202021%20photos%20and%20SriLanka.mp4?dl=0

August 2021 Meeting – Ian Maskell, CEO Wall’s Ice Cream presents the Walls Happiness Manifesto. Download a recording at https://www.dropbox.com/s/5lkdgvuvesa9pb8/happy%20cafe%20Aug%202021%20ice%20cream%20and%20holland.mp4?dl=0

July 2021 Meeting – Dr Robert Biswas-Diener and Amy Blankson discuss Positive Psychology and the Future of Happiness with Chris. Download a recording at https://www.dropbox.com/s/2hkm61j9b95gm55/happy%20cafe%20July%202021.mp4?dl=0

June 2021 Meeting – Lord Gus O’Donnell talks to Chris about Happiness and Society and Building Back Happier. Download a recording of Lord O’Donnell’s talk at https://www.dropbox.com/s/gx8fh1f71i5hnmt/happy%20cafe%20May%202021.mp4?dl=0

May 2021 Meeting – Julia Seibold organised a breakout session on Meditation and our Happiness Ambassador Sara Odorisio talked about Happiness in Italy

April 2021 Meeting – UK author Helen Russell talked about the Atlas of Happiness and her latest book “How to be Sad” and our Ambassador for Bhutan, Dr Sonam Tobgye spoke about Happiness in Bhutan


March 2021 Meeting – Peter and Pam Keevil and Julia Seibold

Pam and Peter Keevil talked about their newly written book How to be Happy and Julia Seibold gave some advice on making new friends and connecting with people in her home country of Germany. We also enjoyed hearing about happiness and wellbeing in Japan and France from Toshiko Omonishi, one of our Happiness Ambassadors.  

 Download a recording at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rhp9s9d3r5qno2t/Happy%20Cafe%20March%202021.mp4?dl=0

February 2021 Meeting – Lord Richard Layard and Suzie and James Pawelski

A truly inspirational talk by Lord Layard with contributions from Lord Gus O’Donnell and Prof John Helliwell, Co-Editor of the World Happiness Report 2021 followed by interview with Suzie and James Pawelski on living “Happy Together”

Download a recording via: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hu67h5nyl3nuj5w/Happy%20Cafe%20Feb%202021.mp4?dl=0

January 2021 Meeting – New Year’s Resolutions including Creativity and Happiness

Listen to people from around the world talking about their New Year’s Resolutions during the Corona Virus pandemic. Download a recording via: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l2ud6pup03gop8a/happy%20cafe%20Jan%202021.mp4?dl=0

December meeting with John Helliwell, Editor of the UN World Happiness Report 

Listen to John talking about how people around the world value their lives during the Corona Virus pandemic. Download a recording via:- https://www.dropbox.com/s/8iy5c7lion64s52/happycafeDec2.mp4?dl=0

November meeting with Sir Anthony Seldon and Professor Isaac Prilleltensky

To see a recording of November meeting visit https://www.dropbox.com/s/s5t34m7mxml8rkf/Happy%20Cafe%20Nov%202020.mp4?dl=0

October meeting with Julia Kim, Lesley Lyle and Rachel More

September meeting with Sian Williams and Sylvia Ramirez

August meeting with Vibha Sri, John Magee, Vanessa King and Prof Ruut Veenhofen

July pilot meeting with Mark Williamson, Stan Rosenthal


Over the past twelve months we have established a highly successful Happy Café in Dorset.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in the UK, we have moved to a virtual meeting using Zoom and meet online once a month. It provides an opportunity to discuss a number of important issues relating to happiness, mental health and wellbeing in our society. We are now reaching out to a wider audience and have launched a free Global Happy Café.

Concept: Act locally, think globally!

A monthly 90-minute online Zoom meeting that brings together people from around the world to share stories about Happiness and Wellbeing. Our guest speakers include Mark Williamson, CEO of Action for Happiness, Vanessa King on the Ten Keys to happier living, John Magee on Kindness Matters, Vibha Sri on Gratitude, Sian Williams on Resilience, Lord Richard Layard on Can we be Happier?, Sir Anthony Seldon on Finding Happiness, Lesley Lyle on Applied Positive Psychology and various other well known personalities talking about Happiness and Wellbeing.

Objective: How can we be happier?

Our aim is to develop a fellowship of likeminded people from around the world interested in increasing happiness and improving mental health and wellbeing, discovering the Action for Happiness Ten Keys to Happier Living and discussing the future of society following the Corona virus pandemic. It’s free to attend!

Meeting Dates:

  • 7pm BST Mon Aug 3rd with guest speakers, Vanessa King, Vibha Sri, John Magee, Prof Ruut Veenhoven
  • 7pm BST Tues Sept 1st with guest speakers, Sian Williams, Sylvia Ramirez
  • 7pm BST Thurs Oct 1st with guest speakers, Julia Kim, Lesley Lyle, Rachel More
  • 7pm GMT Mon Nov 2nd with guest speakers, Sir Anthony Seldon, Prof Isaac Prilleltensky
  • 7pm GMT Tues Dec 1st with guest speakers, John Helliwell

Meeting Schedule:

Welcome and introduction  
A moment of meditation  
What made you happy recently?  
Personal stories of happiness and wellbeing from around the world  
Guest Speaker talks about a topic that highlights the Ten keys to happier living    
News items from around the world reflecting local traditions & culture.  
Health and Fitness, with items on maintaining a healthy body and mind.  
Food and Cooking, introducing recipes and ideas for healthy eating.  
Creative Corner, highlighting inspirational music and creative arts.  
Nature Notes, including items on wildlife and the environment.  
Pets Corner, profiling happy moments with pet dogs, cats, birds etc.  
Book Club, reviewing latest titles on Happiness, Kindness, Wellbeing  
A look at the Action For Happiness Calendar for the month  
Happiness tip of the month and reminder of next meeting  

Map showing the location of our subscribers around the world:- https://www.google.com/maps/d/drive?state=%7B%22ids%22%3A%5B%221DFAvnmmKlGalbjgHgS3l1sdV4LKVVbMD%22%5D%2C%22action%22%3A%22open%22%2C%22userId%22%3A%22112349846040401148616%22%7D&usp=sharing

Here’s a selection of photos from our Happy Cafe photo album from the past twelve months. For more details contact Dulcie Batt via email:- dulciebatt1@gmail.com

Screen from a pilot meeting to develop the online concept
Learning about Happiness and Wellbeing in a coffee morning meeting
Listening to guests telling us what makes them happy

Register and book your free ticket at:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-happy-cafe-tickets-109796911518

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