A growing network of Happy Cafes around the UK. The first Happy Cafe event was launched in Brighton last year at Emporium, a very popular cafe/bar/theatre complex in London Road.
What is a happy café about? It is a place where you can relax and make friends. Happy Cafes are an attempt to introduce the new thinking into mainstream activity. They are part of the Action for Happiness movement established in 2011 by Richard Layard, Anthony Seldon and Geoff Mulgan, which is about helping people to take practical steps to improve their mental wellbeing and to create a happier and more caring society. The movement, whose patron is the Dalai Lama, now has over 50,000 members in 160 countries, with over 300,000 social media followers.
The movement’s message is conveyed in inspirational postcards, pamphlets and posters at the cafe, setting out its scientifically researched Ten Keys to Happier Living. The Ten Keys include positive relationships, strong social connections, resilience, giving to others, being comfortable with who you are and being part of something bigger than yourself. Visitors to the cafe can also browse through an array of happiness literature on display.
That’s a great idea and we are just waiting for it to happen in our countries!