The World Happiness Project was started by Gerry Clarke and Chris Croft who had a vision to make the world a happier place.
Their number one mission is to create a TV series and global video stream about Happiness and Wellbeing. There has been nothing on television about Happiness in recent years even though everyone is interested in the subject and there is nothing more important in life than being happy. Their vision is to make a difference by writing and producing a major new UK television series and creating a global video channel about Happiness and Wellbeing.
They decided to launch the UK’s first National Happiness and Wellbeing conference. The idea behind the event is to showcase actions and interventions that can increase happiness and improve mental health and wellbeing in the home, the community and the workplace. The conference event was due to take place in Bournemouth from 17th to 19th April 2020. Sadly, due to the Corona virus pandemic, the conference was postponed and replaced by a video stream entitled HAPPY people, places, planet featuring presentations by the speakers. See Happiness and Wellbeing conference page for details and link to YouTube page.
During the past two years, the World Happiness Project team established a highly successful Happy Café in Dorset. Following the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in the UK, they created a virtual Zoom meeting and now meet online twice a month. It provides an opportunity to focus on important issues relating to happiness, mental health and wellbeing in society and are now reaching out to a wider audience and have successfully launched the Global Happy Café.
The aim is to develop a fellowship of likeminded people from around the world interested in increasing happiness and improving mental health and wellbeing, promoting the Action for Happiness Ten Keys to Happier Living, and discussing the future of society following the Corona virus pandemic. Online meetings began on 1st July and take place monthly.
Or register for the series at Eventbrite :- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-happy-cafe-tickets-134388029213
The World Happiness Project is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers. Any surplus income is donated to charity.
Gerry Clarke email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry loves bringing people together and making things happen. His personal motto is “We make a living by what we earn, we make a life by what we give!”
He started out writing and producing films to teach farmers in the developing world how to grow more food. “Give a man a fish and he will feed his family for a week, teach him to fish and he will feed his family for a lifetime!” is a favourite saying. Over a career spanning 40+ years he created a number of successful media communications companies, harnessing the power of films, television and radio, including more recently webTV and social media to introduce and promote new technology to people around the world.
Being essentially a creative person, Gerry is also a writer and freelance photo journalist working for Time Magazine and the Riviera Times; an accomplished artist and sculptor; a creator of sculpture parks and gardens , and organiser of Arts and Music festivals, including the Bournemouth Jazz Festival, Music by the Sea Festival and the World Jazz Jamboree. He is currently working to bring back free open air music concerts following the relaxation of lockdown rules.
For further details see: www.gerryclarke.co.uk
Chris Croft email: email@example.com
Chris Croft is a management trainer and author, his first book ‘Time Management‘ was published in 1996 and has since been followed by fourteen others. His tip of the month email goes out regularly to over 18,000 people. Recently he has also been making videos – there are more than 80 on his youtube channel which has 9000 subscribers and over a million views, and he has 28 courses featured on www.lynda.com / Linkedin Learning, including his Daily Happiness Tips which was in the top ten worldwide viewed courses on Linkedin Learning in 2018.
It was his interest in Time Management which led him to Happiness – what is better use of your time than the things that make you happy? Trying to understand happiness, and then to promote it in others, has become an increasing passion.
For further details see: www.chriscroft.com
Lesley Lyle was one of the first cohort of the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), Bucks New University. She is now an associate lecturer on the MAPP course at Bucks and a Director of Positive Psychology Learning, the only UK company that offers positive psychology courses run is association with a university.
Her dissertation was research into positive aging, a subject that she is hoping to learn more about from the inside out! She is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and runs a wellbeing practice in the New Forest where she lives and also shares a practice in Harley Street, London.
A keen advocate of facilitating positive emotions for herself and others, she is a laughter teacher and trainer and runs a free laughter club in her community. In 2012 her book ‘Laugh Your Way to Happiness’ was published (Watkins). After a long career in the aviation world she still works part time for British Airways, as cabin crew, trainer and wellbeing & inclusion advisor.
Dulcie Batt and Julia Seibold
We met Dulcie, on the left, when she ran an Action for Happiness – Exploring What Matters Course with Julia.
Mother of four, she recently sailed across the Atlantic with her family! Her greatest wish is to inspire people to feel more connected to their joyful inner light as they live their lives.
Dulcie was trained as an NLP Practioner by Richard Bandler via NLP Life Training https://www.nlplifetraining.com/richard-bandler. She teaches Qoya which is a mix of meditation, yoga and dance: https://www.qoya.love/dulcie-batt.
Julia, on the right, is an experienced and qualified coach that offers practical ways of getting more of what we want in life. Her approach is based on the unique person-centred NLP and Integrative Hypnotherapy by Salus Academy which Peggy Guglielmino established. With her Happiness Life Coaching you receive bespoke experiences, tailored to your individual needs and goals, as you commit to a profound journey.
She strongly believes we are the drivers of our own lives and not the victims of life’s circumstances. We all have 24 hours in a day. It is up to every one of us to make the most of it. She loves seeing people happy, bursting with confidence and making decisions consciously.
Visiting Associate – Integrative Wellbeing Research Centre at Bournemouth University
Founder of the Living Well Agency.
The Living Well Agency provides consultancy, training, speakers and events to improve the health, fitness and wellbeing potential for people living with cancer.
Based at Bournemouth University, they have recently been commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support and Sport England to work with local partners to enable 1000 people living with cancer to engage in health promoting physical activity and supporting services.
Kerry works as a qualified life coach and NLP trainer (trained with Tristan Soames and Terry Elston). She is also a Calm Birth Hypnobirthing Teacher (http://calmbirths.co.uk/)
Kerry is passionate about supporting people through times of change, helping them to learn new tools to manage change in their lives and to think about and create the future they want.
Vibha – based in India
Vibha is a global Gratitude Champion, Happiness Motivator and International Facilitator. She is pursuing her twin purpose of a) spreading the joy of gratitude to promote human and planet’s well-being and b) helping organizations to be in health and balance, by applying life-nurturing methods of facilitation. She worked in social development sector for more than 15 years in the areas of public health and social-emotional education, at program leadership positions with the UN, Johns Hopkins University and other international organizations. In addition to working extensively in India, she has undertaken assignments in USA, Russia, Netherlands, Thailand, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka. When not working, she goes on pan India road trips to offer gratitude joyshops, undertake random acts of kindness and make people happy.
Toshiko – based in Paris and representing France and Japan
Toshiko is an IT Project Manager, working for global companies in the U.S, Germany and France. She is taking courses envisioning a life coach for a career change. Last 2 years she has been serving as a volunteer listener for an emotional support organization in France. Her happy moments are when she spends time with her friends and family, travels the world, and sings in choir. She is excited to take the role of ambassador for France as well as for Japan, her home country, to learn more about Happiness and make the world a happier place.
Laura – based in Seattle, Washington State and representing USA
Laura is executive director of the Happiness Alliance (happycounts.org) a nonprofit organisation providing tools and resources for the Happiness and Well-being Movement worldwide. Laura is also co-founder of the Happiness Roundtable, convening grassroots happiness leadership, and Planet Happiness, bringing the Happiness Index to World Heritage Sites to address tourism and sustainability issues. She is co-author of the Happiness Policy Handbook and How to Account for Sustainability. Laura is a lawyer who holds an MBA and certificates in environmental management and law from the University of Washington.
Desiree – based in Italy and representing Italy and The Netherlands
Désirée is a freelance event planner building up her coaching career path at the same time. Originally from the Netherlands, she worked for many years as a marketing and event manager in the automotive industry (in Germany, Belgium and the US) she now lives in Italy. In her spare time, Désirée volunteers at InterNations (a global expat organization) and with VolTo (a local organization helping students with their career choices). Having recently finished the Science of Well-Being and Happiness Life Coach training, she is excited to be part of the World Happiness Project as Ambassador for Italy and the Netherlands.
Paola – based in Austria and representing Austria and Chile
Paola is a Chilean lawyer from the Universidad de Chile who moved to Vienna to study for an MBA in international business. She works for a high tech Austrian company, and her main interest is Human Resources. She has participated in a number of different volunteering experiences in Chile and Austria and firmly believes that if every person volunteers, this world could be a much better place. Currently, Paola is the consul of two groups at InterNations (a global expat organization). She is a hobby photographer (Paola Brown Photography) and loves reading, writing, knitting, painting, singing, travelling, meeting people and cultivating long-lasting friendships.
Our Guest Speakers
Sir Anthony Seldon – Well known author, educator and historian
Sir Anthony Seldon was the original co-founder of the Action for Happiness movement with Lord Layard. He is currently Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and has become one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. He will be talking about Finding Happiness. For further details see:- http://www.anthonyseldon.co.uk/
Lord Richard Layard – Professor, London School of Economics
Lord Richard Layard is co-founder of Action for Happiness and former director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the ground-breaking book, Happiness: Lessons from a New Science and will be talking about his latest book entitled “Can we Be Happier”. He is co-editor of the annual World Happiness Report and has been instrumental in the development of improving access to psychological therapies in the UK.
Lord Gus O’Donnell – Former Cabinet Secretary and Head of UK Civil Service
Lord Gus O’Donnell has served several UK Prime Ministers, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron as Cabinet Secretary and was Head of Civil Service from 2005 to 2011. He is an economist and a keen supporter of the wellbeing and happiness movements, chairing the development group of founding partners setting up the What Works Centre for Wellbeing in London. He is also a keen supporter of Action for Happiness movement and in 2012 joined Frontier Economics as a Senior Advisor.
Suzie and James Pawelski – Authors, Happy Together
Suzie Pawelski has a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a freelance writer, well-being consultant, and international speaker on the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. Her Scientific American Mind cover story, “The Happy Couple,” was the catalyst for Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts. Previously, Suzie directed award-winning media relations campaigns for Fortune 500 clients, worked in publicity at Radio City Music Hall and was associate producer for HBO Downtown Productions and The Joan Rivers Show.
James Pawelski is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he co-founded the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman in 2005. The Founding Executive Director of IPPA, he is currently leading a three-year, multi-million-dollar grant investigating connections between the science of well-being and arts and humanities. He and Suzie will be talking about their book “Happy Together”
Professor John Helliwell – Co-Editor, UN World Happiness Report
John F. Helliwell is a Professor at the University of British Columbia and co-editor of the World Happiness Report, the annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report contains articles and rankings of national happiness based on respondent ratings of peoples own lives, which the report also correlates with various life factors. This year the report focusses on how lives have changed during Covid.
Helen Russell – Best Selling Author and Journalist
Helen Russell is a bestselling author, journalist and speaker. Her first book, The Year of Living Danishly, became an international bestseller. She is the author of four other critically acclaimed books, translated into 21 languages and will be talking about the Secrets of happiness around the world – uncovering the unique cultural concepts, habits and attitudes keeping people afloat. We talk to her about her latest book How to be Sad.
Sian Williams – BBC News presenter and journalist
Sian Williams will be speaking about her work and interest in Positive Psychology. She has recently accepted a new role with the NHS and is currently finishing a doctoral course in psychology at the University of London. She will also be talking about her personal experiences with Resilience.
Sylvia Ramirez – International speaker based in Colombia and representing South America
Sylvia Ramirez is a Professor and distinguished Lawyer with a Masters degree in administrative law and specialises in happiness, leadership, emotional intelligence, teamwork, branding and consumer psychology. She was recently voted one of the 12 most influential voices in Latin America. She will be talking about her latest book, The Happiness Manifesto. See further details at: www.sylviaramirez.com.co
Dr Isaac Prilleltensky – University of Miami, USA
Professor Isaac Prilleltenski is former dean of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami and currently serves as vice provost for institutional culture. He was born in Argentina and has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He will be giving a talk entitled: Mattering is no laughing matter: Using humor and science to become happier and healthier.
Dr Julia Kim – Programme Director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan
Dr. Julia Kim is a leading expert in global health and wellbeing and the Program Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan. Through local and international partnerships, the GNH Centre promotes a more flourishing, equitable, and sustainable world. Prior to living in Bhutan, Julia worked as a physician and HIV researcher in Africa and Asia, before serving with UNDP and UNICEF in New York. Julia holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Manitoba, Tufts University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She will be talking about How can we balance the outer and inner conditions for happiness.
Vanessa King – Author of the Action for Happiness: Ten Keys to Happier Living
Vanessa King is a board member at Action for Happiness and author of our Ten Keys to Happier Living book. She plays an active role, speaking nationally and internationally and translating the latest psychological research into practical action to help individuals, organisations and communities enhance their wellbeing and resilience. She is talking about her role in developing the GREAT DREAM -ten keys to happier living
Mark Williamson – CEO Action for Happiness
Dr Mark Williamson is co-founder and Director of Action for Happiness. He has taken the organisation from a concept on paper to a mass participation movement with hundreds of thousands of members and a wide range of activities. Mark has a long-standing interest in happiness and well-being and is passionate about creating a more balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on helping people and communities thrive. Mark is talking about Action for Happiness and the growing world happiness movement.
Rachel More – Professional Singer and Voice Coach
Rachel More has been a professional singer and vocal coach in the music industry for many years, performing and teaching a variety of musical genres, including musical theatre, pop and jazz. Her varied experience and love of performing combined with her passion for teaching provides Rachel with a unique blend of skills. She believes that singing is one of the most natural ways of communicating and is really just an extension of speaking. She will be talking about the Power of Singing. Why? because it actually is really good for you.
Dr Sonam Tobgye – Speaker on Happiness in Bhutan
Dr Sonam Tobgye obtained his PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia on the thesis Digital Transformation in Bhutan: Culture, Workforce and Training. His research investigates the changes and challenges for Bhutanese society of information and communication technologies for which there is little scholarly research. His area of interest is Gross National Happiness ( GNH), a concept that was born out of our Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.