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February 2020

Life Lessons at The Barbican in London

A visit to The Barbican in London yesterday to attend a Life Lessons event and discovered a host of happy people, books and speakers on the subject of Happiness. We listened to Rev Richard Coles discussing Happiness and Godliness with Richard Dawkins. Chris, Sally and I picked up a couple of books and a few useful ideas to incorporate in our HAPPY people, places, planet conference in April. Don’t forget to register to attend and book a ticket on Eventbrite before they are all sold out!


January 2020

Press article announcing HAPPY People – Places – Planet event

UK’s 1st National Happiness and Wellbeing Conference to be held in Bournemouth

The World Happiness Project is working with Bournemouth University to launch the UK’s first National Happiness and Wellbeing conference in Bournemouth in April.

HAPPY People-Places-Planet is a free event and takes place over three days from 17th to 19th April. The idea behind the conference is to showcase actions and interventions that can increase happiness and improve mental health and wellbeing in the community and the workplace. It also highlights why the new BCP region is one of the happiest and healthiest places to live in the UK.

Friday 17th APRIL at Bournemouth University Fusion Building is for professional people working in the Healthcare, Education, Social Care, Public Service and Local Government sectors.

Saturday 18th April is aimed at the general public as well as local business and industry, featuring a series of presentations on themes related to national and international Happiness, Mental Health and Wellbeing. Hosted by Chris Croft, author of The Big Book of Happiness and introducing a number of internationally recognised speakers. Keynote Speaker: Sir Anthony Seldon, Author and founder of Action for Happiness Movement. Guest Speaker: Dr Paul Litchfield, Chair of What Works Centre for Wellbeing and a call to action by Lord Richard Layard, editor of 2020 World Happiness Report asking: “Can we be happier?”

In the evening, a Charity Music concert with an eclectic mix of mind-blowing music at St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth from 7.30pm. Tickets £10 on the door with a donation to Dorset Mind.

Sunday 19th April at various locations around the BCP region and at the Branksome Dean Community Rooms, a range of experiential activities and taster sessions related to happiness, mindfulness and wellbeing. Including a beach sunrise gathering, a forest bathing experience, meditation, pilates, laughter yoga, dragon boating, paddle boarding, exploring local wildlife, a cycling adventure and a nature tour round Brownsea Island. A whole host of activities that illustrate why the BCP region is one of the happiest and healthiest places to live in the UK.

Tickets are available now via Eventbrite.

For more details visit the website at  

Gerry Clarke, World Happiness Project. Tel 07710 611123


New Year’s Resolution and preliminary announcement about HAPPY People-Places-Planet Conference

Last year, my new year’s resolution was to discover what really matters in life and how we can bring a bit more happiness into our lives. I discovered the Action For Happiness Ten Keys to Happier Living, which are often referred to as the GREAT DREAM:-

G is for GIVING – Do things for others

Helping others is not only a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society. And it’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy. So if you want to feel good, do good!

R is for RELATING – Connecting with people

People with strong and broad social relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self worth. So taking action to strengthen our relationships and build connections is essential for our happiness.

E is for EXERCISING – Taking care of your body

Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. We don’t all need to run marathons – there are simple things we can all do to be more active each day. We can boost our well-being by unplugging from technology, getting outside and making sure we get enough sleep!

A is for AWARENESS – Living life mindfully

Ever felt there must be more to life? Well good news, there is! We just need to stop and take notice the world around us. Learning to be more mindful can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life – such as our walk to work, the way we eat, or our relationships with others. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and can stop us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

T is for TRYING OUT – Keep learning new things

Learning affects our well-being in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence. There are many ways to learn new things – not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and much more.

D is for DIRECTION – Have goals to look forward to

Feeling good about the future is important for our happiness. We need goals that motivate us and these need to be challenging enough to excite us. Choosing ambitious but realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them.

R is for RESILIENCE – Find ways to bounce back

All of us have feelings of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. But how we respond to these has a big impact on our well-being. We often cannot choose what happens to us, but we can choose our own attitude to what happens. In practice it’s not always easy, but recent research shows that resilience, like many other life skills, can be learned.

E Is for EMOTIONS – Focus on what’s good

Take a positive approach to life. Positive emotions – such as joy, gratitude and contentment are not just great at the time. Research shows that experiencing them creates an ‘upward spiral’, helping to build our resources. It helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation – a glass half full rather than the glass half empty.

A is for ACCEPTANCE – Be comfortable with who you are

No-one’s perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people’s outsides. Dwelling on our flaws – what we’re not rather than what we’ve got – makes it much harder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong, increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our well-being.

M is for MEANING – Be part of something bigger

People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are generally happier, feel more in control and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression. But where do we find ‘meaning and purpose’? It’s not about money. It might be our religious faith, being a parent or doing a job that makes a difference. Individual answers vary, but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.

UK’s 1st National Happiness and Wellbeing Conference to be held in Bournemouth

Having practised these ten keys to a happier life over the twelve months, I decided to launch the UK’s first National Happiness and Wellbeing conference here in Dorset and have created an exciting partnership to hold a three day event at Bournemouth University from 17th to 19th April.

The HAPPY People-Places-Planet event is free and is aimed at members of the public as well as professional people working in the Healthcare, Education, Social Care, Public Service and Local Government sectors.

The idea behind the conference is to showcase examples of actions and interventions that can increase happiness and improve mental health and wellbeing in our local community and in the workplace. It will also highlight why the new BCP region is the happiest place to live in the UK.

A number of internationally recognised speakers will be giving presentations and talks related to Happiness, Mental Health and Wellbeing and there’ll also be a range of experiential activities and practical sessions for people to try out, including beach yoga, meditation, forest bathing, laughter therapy, mindfulness, wildlife and nature tours, etc.

A music concert will be held at St Peter’s Church on behalf of Dorset Mind mental health charity.

For more details visit the website at  

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Gerry Clarke, World Happiness Project. Tel 07710 611123


Year End News Roundup – December 2019

Chris and I have made excellent progress over the past year and have been collaborating with various people and organisations in this country and around the world.

Earlier in the year we attended an Action for Happiness Exploring What Matters course and discovered the Ten keys to happier living. We went on to set up Dorset’s first Happy Café which has since grown and prospered and we now have a group of around three dozen people meeting regularly in a local café.

We were invited to attend the World Happiness Summit in Miami where we met some of the world’s leading experts in the science of happiness, positive psychology, wellbeing and mindfulness. This inspired us to launch an event in the UK and we have now created a new partnership with Bournemouth University to host the UK’s first happiness and wellbeing conference in April next year. The three day event is aimed at professionals working in Healthcare, Education, Social Care, Public Service and Local Government sectors and will showcase examples of ways of increasing happiness and improving mental health and wellbeing in UK society.  A number of well-known speakers and international authors have agreed to join us and make a presentation. The dates are Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April and there will be a charity music concert on Saturday 19th April in aid of Dorset Mind.

Our global television project continues to gather momentum and we have now met with three different organisations and prepared a series of script treatments about what makes us happy and how to achieve happiness in life. We hope one of the programme outlines will soon get commissioned. 

We are keen to explore opportunities for collaboration with any other individuals, companies and organisations interested in promoting the global happiness movement.