Today see’s the launch of Action for Happiness - a charitable project bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone. Here at Headspace we love what they’re doing and on the day of their launch would like to wish them well in their movement for social change - especially as mindfulness is such a key element of their strategy.
But enough from me...here’s what they say about themselves:
“We are bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life, drawing on the latest scientific research and backed by leading experts from the fields of psychology, education, economics, social innovation and beyond.
For fifty years we've aimed relentlessly at higher incomes. But despite being much wealthier, we're no happier than we were five decades ago. At the same time we've seen an increase in wider social issues, including a worrying rise in anxiety and depression in young people. It's time for a positive change in what we mean by progress.
Members of the movement make a simple pledge to try to create more happiness in the world around them through the way they approach their lives. We provide practical ideas to enable people to take action in different areas of their lives - at home, at work or in the community. We hope many of our members will form local groups to take action together.
We have no religious, political or commercial affiliations and welcome people of all faiths (or none) and all parts of society. We were founded in 2010 by three influential figures who are passionate about creating a happier society: Lord Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon.”
If you haven’t checked them out yet, then visit their site at www.actionforhappiness.org and sign up today. Although they are only officially launching now, they’ve been hard at work for a good year or so putting all the pieces of the project together and they already have some fantastic support from leading figures around the world.
We’re very happy to be involved in today’s event and I’m really looking forward to taking guests through several impromptu meditation sessions during the afternoon. If you’re coming along then we look forward to seeing you there...and if not, then look out for coverage of the event in the news over the next few days.