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

We have created an online fellowship of people from around the world interested in increasing happiness and improving mental health and wellbeing in the home, the workplace and the community. We currently have subscribers joining us for regular monthly meetings on zoom from around the globe.

To join our Zoom Global Happy Cafe Meeting, just login at:
It is free and everyone is welcome to join us.

Next Meeting on 1st June at 7pm BST:

Angela Bradshaw talks about The Alexander Technique for improving Happiness and Wellbeing

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Synopsis of our previous meetings:-

April 2023

Talk by communication coach and story-weaving consultant, Rebecca Roberts. Download a recording of meeting at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m9fl6gll3vzkvm6/happy%20cafe%20complete%20April%202023.mp4?dl=0

March 2023

Julia talked about her Driving License for Life initiative. A 49 day transformational journey to shift from the passenger seat into the driver seat of life. See more details and information at: https://mind-you.teachable.com/p/dlfl-anytime For anyone who missed our last global happy cafe meeting you can view a recording at:- https://www.dropbox.com/s/e06f75tgxjwbvz8/Happy%20Cafe%20March%202023.tmp?dl=0

February 2023

Julia hosted break out sessions on Gratitude and Kindness and Toshiko gave us a presentation about the Yale University course on the Science of Wellbeing. You can view a recording of the session via the following link:- https://www.dropbox.com/s/xkbzgjkd5lax7r5/Happy%20Cafe%20Feb%202023.mp4?dl=0   

January 2023

Our first Global Happy Cafe of 2023 we welcomed Dr Kathrin Anne Meier who talked about her new book “Mastering Corporate Life”

To view a recording on our meeting, visit https://www.dropbox.com/s/vgcu4m1k852h2xp/Happy%20Cafe%202023%20Jan.mp4?dl=0

December 2022

As we neared the end of a turbulent year we reflected upon happiness, gratitude and thankfulness in our lives. At our meeting on 1st December we heard a presentation from Adisha on Art, happiness and well-being.

To view a recording of the meeting visit:-https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/8kow3vc7hbtau1ueyejk5/h?dl=0&rlkey=ixxnu2rdndd3o5qdaccqczqxk


Unfortunately the Buddhist monk, Sonam Tobgye was unable to join us and talk about the Monarchy in Bhutan, so instead we welcomed Donneth Casillan who gave short presentation about Happiness in the Philippines and showed a beautiful short video which he has made.


We had a fascinating meeting with Sandra Velazquez talking about compassionate mindfulness. It was a most inspirational presentation and drew a large audience of people interested in the subject of mindfulness, happiness and wellbeing. We were pleased to welcome more potential new global happiness ambassadors from around the world. If you would like to see a recording of our meeting go to: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dx4dpqpuvhi4mjp/Happy%20cafe%20October%202022.mp4?dl=0

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At our September meeting, we welcomed Hollywood film producer, Peggy Callaghan, who talked about the Big:Joy challenge and the production of her highly acclaimed Mission: Joy film featuring the meeting between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu which was shown on BBC television earlier this year.

Previous Global Happy Cafe Meetings

See a BBC news item about the Global Happy Cafe:-


Our programme of previous meetings:-

DateSpeaker                     TitleComment
8pm BST Friday 1st July
Belinda O’Neill
To Be Inspiredcompleted
7pm BST Wed 1st JunChris Croft
5 biggest Happiness Mistakes
2pm BST Sun 1st MayMartyn Underhill
Hazel Farrar

Tackling Mental Health in our local Community
Mindful – Nature Connection
7pm BST Sat 2nd AprilJohn Helliwell
World Happiness Report 2022confirmed
Tues 1st MarchEmily Coxhead
Victor Perton
The Happy Newspaper
Centre for Optimism and Healthcare.
Tues 1st FebJon Sloper
Tahani Mohammed
Help and Kindness in Dorset – a project for the community
Happiness in Libya and North Africa
Mon 1st Jan Happy News from around the worldJoin us for an online zoom meeting at 7pm GMT to hear about New Years’ Resolutions from our followers around the world. We will also be sharing what made our global audience happy during the past month and presenting the new Action for Happiness Calendar for January. Happier Januarycompleted
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 2021
Dr Emilia Bunea
Happiness in leadership

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Peter Holloway, Project Leader of BCP Parks in Mind that provides fun, nature and conservation in Bournemouth’s parks and open spaces, talked about delivering health and wellbeing activities for the local community. We were also given a demonstration of Tai Chi style Qi jong by Jenny Newman.


We welcomed Belinda O’Neill, experienced international speaker and Community Ambassador from Northern Ireland and founder of “Be Inspired To Be” with over 170.000 social media followers worldwide to talk about her journey of Inspiration and read some of her poems and happiness tips. Here’s the link to the recording https://www.dropbox.com/s/muom3g32901ajx7/happy%20cafe%20July%202022%20Belinda.mp4?dl=0


At our meeting on 1st June, we were pleased to welcome a number of new subscribers from around the world. The speaker this month was co-founder Chris Croft, who talked about the 5 Biggest Happiness Mistakes. You can view a recording of the meeting at: https://www.dropbox.com/…/June%202022%20Chris%20on…


On Sunday 1st May at 2pm BST we had two guest speakers:- Martyn Underhill, former Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, talking about the importance of tackling mental health in the community and Hazel Farrer, who runs the Mindful-Nature Connection offering mindful nature experiences and mindfulness courses from her home in Portugal.


At our Global Happy Café meeting on Saturday 2nd April we heard from our guest speaker, Professor John Helliwell, Editor of The World Happiness Report talking about this year’s edition summarising the past decade. There was also a report on Ukraine and the series of Happy Cafes that we are launching for the NHS Dorset HealthCare  staff wellbeing project. In addition, we discussed what made our audience happy during the past month and presented the Action for Happiness calendar for April.

you can download a recording via the following link:-https://www.dropbox.com/s/3vc74sqq4qebii2/cafe%202%20April%202022.mp4?dl=0


At the latest global happy cafe meeting on 1st March, we welcomed Emily Coxhead, Editor of the popular Happy Newspaper in the UK and talked to Victor Perton about the Centre for Optimism in Melbourne, Australia. We also heard a prayer for the people of Ukraine by Paola Brown our Ambassador in Austria and an inspirational meditation from Julia in Germany. From here in Dorset, Kerry presented the latest Action for Happiness calendar for Mindful March.

To view a recording of the meeting see: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bxiggsvwjevb627/Happy%20caf%C3%A9%20march%202022.mp4?dl=0


At our global happy cafe meeting on 1st February we heard from Jon Sloper all about Help and Kindness in Dorset – a co-ordinated community response to Covid-19 which was followed by a fascinating presentation from our Happiness Ambassador Tahani Mohammed about happiness in her home country of Libya in North Africa. We also discussed what made us happy during the past month and presented the new Action for Happiness calendar for February.

To view a recording of the meeting see: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5psn4me4nxcujtq/Happy%20Cafe%20Feb%20%202022.mp4?dl=0​


Our Global Happy Café meeting on 3rd January brought together like minded people from around the world to hear about New Year’s resolutions and what made subscribers happy recently and listen to Vibha, our happiness ambassador in India, talking about her Gratitude Joyshops. For more details visit: http://www.vibhaspace.net/gratitude-joyshop/

2021 Meetings

December 1st meeting with guest speaker Dr. Emilia Bunea, a leadership scholar and educator. She talked about her research into happiness and leadership and introduced her latest movie “Crossroads Life” which was awarded a prize for the best business education film at the Helsinki Education Film Festival. To download a recording of the meeting go to: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5n2jh1bjzgatkeb/Happy%20cafe%20Dec%202021.mp4?dl=0

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.

September 2021 Meeting – Mandy Seligman, wife of renowned US Positive Psychologist Dr Martin Seligman, talks about her new photographic project “Seeing Happy”.

August 2021 Meeting – Ian Maskell, CEO Wall’s Ice Cream presents the Walls Happiness Manifesto.

July 2021 Meeting – Dr Robert Biswas-Diener and Amy Blankson discuss Positive Psychology and the Future of Happiness with Chris.

June 2021 Meeting – Lord Gus O’Donnell talks to Chris about Happiness and Society and Building Back Happier.

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.  

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”

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.

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.

November meeting with Sir Anthony Seldon and Professor Isaac Prilleltensky

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 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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