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Sep 24, 2015 4:10 PM ET

Archived: What really matters in life? #HappierWorld

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What really matters in life? #HappierWorld

“As patron of Action for Happiness I am delighted to see the work being done by members of this movement to create a happier and more caring society. I wholeheartedly support the ‘Exploring What Matters’ course and hope that many thousands of people will benefit from it and be inspired to take their own action to help create a happier world”

~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Why Action for Happiness?

The modern world bombards us with misleading ideas about how to live a happy life. We’re told to chase money and get more stuff, but we end up living stressed and lonely lives as a result.

Action for Happiness is a movement of people taking action to change that. 

Since we got started in 2011 we’ve helped over 100,000 people take practical action for a happier world in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities – all based on the latest evidence of what really works.

Now we’ve developed a course to help thousands of people focus on what really matters. We are raising £35,000 to get it where it is needed most. 


What’s the course?

Our course, called Exploring What Matters, brings together people of all backgrounds to explore what really matters in life.

Based on the latest psychological research, each session explores a ‘big question’ such as  What actually makes us happy?,How should we treat others? and How can we create a happier world?

Exploring What Matters is run over 8 inspiring and interactive sessions which take place weekly and last for 2 hours, each one including:

  • Mood boosters: simple activities that are great for wellbeing
  • Expert view: an inspiring 15 minute TED-style video/talk from a leading expert (including Richard Layard, Ed Diener, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Karen Amrstrong, Brene Brown)
  • Personal view: a chance for people to reflect on their own experiences
  • Did you know?: fascinating and surprising research findings relating to the theme
  • Group discussion: sharing ideas in groups and listening to each other’s perspectives
  • Action ideas: everybody comes away with an action they hope to take as a result

   Find out more about the course.

How does the course help people?

Exploring What Matters helps people by providing a safe community in which they can explore the deeper questions of life, supported by inspirational guidance from experts and opportunities to take action in the wider world.

We really wanted to make sure this course works.That’s why it is all based on the latest scientific evidence and thoroughly tested against validated scales.


The results show that this course helps people:

  • Reconnect to what really matters in their lives
  • Feel happier overall
  • Have closer and more caring relationships
  • Be more trusting in the world 



What do people say about it?

“I wouldn’t be where I am now without Action for Happiness and their 8-week course. I still have bad days and life certainly isn’t perfect. But it has really helped me so much. Now I’m trying to be the change that I want to see”

~ Jasmine Hodge-Lake

‘I hadn’t been very happy at work for a while and not really taken the time to think about how that was affecting me or what I can do to change that. By doing things like tuning in, watching the Ted Talks and discussing with the rest of the group, I realised that I hadn’t actually talked to anyone at work about how I was feeling. This gave me to the confidence to ask my boss for a review of my role and create an action plan.’

~ Helen Thompson


“Long after completing the course, so many of the great things that I picked up during those enjoyable weeks still remain with me. The inspiring conversations with all the wonderful people I met and the useful information I gained, made attending the Action for Happiness course one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever invested my time in.”

~ Anh Nguyen


What’s the plan?

We want to make this course available to people all over the world.

We have had hundreds of people write to us asking if they can run Exploring What Matters for their community. But at the moment, we simply don’t have the resources to support them. If we could say yes to just these volunteers the impact round the world could be huge.

Map of Action for Happiness Members worldwide (57,092 – September, 2015)

To offer this course we need to provide training for our volunteers and give them tools and materials to run the courses effectively.

We also want to be sure that everyone has the chance to be on the course no matter what their financial circumstances. Your support can help us do that.   

What do we need?

We need to raise £35,000 to bring Exploring What Matters to the people who need it most.


These funds will be used to: 

  1. train up volunteers to run the course all over the world
  2. provide the materials and tools they need to deliver it
  3. directly support people that would otherwise not be able to be there.

Why crowdfund for it?

We’re serious about rolling out this course in a way which that helps create a happier world. If we were to secure private investment and make the course for-profit we’d end up having to charge hefty upfront costs that would make it unavailable (unaffordable) to many of the people that need it most.

Instead we’re going to run it not-for-profit using the wonderful energy of our volunteers, donations from participants and the generosity of the crowd to get it off the ground.


Spread the word

Spread the word on Facebook [pre-share link] and Twitter [pre-share link] by sharing the website: www.createahappierworld.com and #HappierWorld. Emailing it to friends and loved ones is also awesome!

Get in touch

If you have any questions or ideas of how we can make this crowdfunder really take off, please get in touch!

Email: HappierWorld@actionforhappiness.org

Thank you!

The Action for Happiness team

Contact Information:

mark williamson

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