We need some good news
We start the new year with all kinds of dire predictions about 2019. Well, here is some good news – The Happiness Course is running again!
You’ll remember that I ran The Happiness Course last September here in SE London. It was a great success, and some of the comments people fed back at the end of the course appeared in my last post.
Several other people have asked when the next course will be, so here’s the answer: it runs again throughout March this year – same place, same day, same time. In other words…
Dates: Tuesday evenings in March: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March
Place: Here for Good Centre, 17 Sydenham Rd, London SE26 5EX
Time: 7pm till 9.30pm
Required: just yourself!
Find out more about The Happiness Course here
I’ve run The Happiness Course many times across the country and beyond, over the past ten years.
Its main aim is to assist you in finding your way through life, providing practical steps for more successful living. It’s both fun and serious, with plenty of time to reflect on where you’re at, and where you want to go.
Book here via Eventbrite
Please note: the £25 cost is for all four sessions of the whole course, not just the first session.
My book “Lasting Happiness” was published last year. Obviously it covers much more ground than a four-session course can do. So you may wish to buy a copy of the book ahead of the course itself.
Just to give you a taste for what to find in the book, here’s the very beginning of the Introduction:
I Googled “Happiness” today. There were 514 million results. A search for “How to be happy” turned up 187 million results (by comparison “Donald Trump” brought up 424 million, and “Brexit news” just 99 million).
It appears that many of us want to know about happiness and how to achieve it. But why is it such a popular issue, and why is its pursuit so significant – and elusive – for so many of us?
The simplest answer perhaps is that “everyone wants to be happy”, or “what’s not to like about happiness?” Who doesn’t want a happy life, with a reasonable standard of living, healthy relationships and a clear sense of direction?
However, being happy can mean different things to different people. I’m “happy” when I’m eating an ice cream or tucking into my favourite dish. But when a long-lost relative turns up decades after I thought they’d perished, or I’m grateful that my marriage has lasted for forty years, should I describe my happiness in the same terms?
What do all these states of happiness have in common? And is happiness just a matter of feeling good? If so, what happens when I’m not feeling good? Does my state of happiness depend on other people, my circumstances, what I’ve just eaten, or what the government does for me? Can I take steps to make myself happier and is that all there is to be said about the subject?
These are important questions, and I hope to address them in this book.
Buy the book here