Community - Colchester Happiness Project

The Colchester Happiness Project aims to bring together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone. Join them at their relaunch this Friday, Feb 23rd.

Part of the Action for Happiness movement for positive social change, the Colchester Happiness Project, which has been on something of a hiatus, is relaunching this Friday, February 23rd, with an event at Colchester's only 'happy cafe', the Harris + Hoole in Highwoods. 

The woman behind the relaunch, Sandra, is a bouncy, engaging woman with an infectious smile. She explains the concept behind the Happiness Project as the belief that we should be aiming to produce as much happiness and as little unhappiness in the world as we can. It's a very simple idea and one that goes back to 18th century enlightenment thinking. But if more of us really made this part of our philosophy of life then the world would surely be a better, happier place to live.

The beautiful thing about this idea is that it's good for everyone. It involves recognising that our happiness is connected to that of the people around us. When we do things that make others happier, this has the benefit of boosting our own well-being too. And when we do things that make us feel positive and happy, this spreads contagiously to the people around us - our friends, families, neighbours, colleagues and even strangers we meet.

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And while positivity is important, the Happiness Project recognises that thinking happy thoughts is not, on its own, enough - they embrace the ideas of positive parenting, happiness activism, meditation, gratefulness, acts of random kindness (ARKs) and community connections.

At 7pm on Friday, Sandra hopes that like-minded people will come together to share ideas the Colchester Happiness Project can put into action for their communities, easy ARKs that will put a spring in your step, as well as the recipient, ways of being mindful of the world around us and how little changes can make a big difference. Light refreshments will be on offer, but participants are also encouraged to bring some snacks to share. What's not to love? We'll see you there!