Inspirational new course sends message that we all deserve happiness

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 04 September 2018

A group of Action for Happiness students at the Canvas Cafe in London. Picture: contributed

A group of Action for Happiness students at the Canvas Cafe in London. Picture: contributed


People in Exmouth will soon have a new reason to be cheerful with the launch of a new course aiming to ‘spread happiness’ throughout the town.

Stemming from international charity Action for Happiness (AfH), for which the Dalai Lama is a patron, the course aims to explore the theme of what it means to be happy.

‘Exploring What Matters’ is a volunteer-run course, which aims to empower people in Exmouth to get happy.

Martin Weller, of Action for Happiness, said: “This is the first time it is happening in Exmouth and we have had a really good response.

“What makes us happy? What is a meaningful life to me? Let’s explore these questions and more on the eight-week Action for Happiness course.

“Together, we look at life’s most important questions using a different theme each week, watch videos of leading experts, and discover fascinating findings from the latest research.”

Martin said the course is designed to inspire and aims to provide people with practical ideas they can apply in their lives.

Volunteers work with AfH’s teams to lead the courses and ‘step forward to help spread happiness in the local area’.

The Action for Happiness website states: “If we agree that for all human beings it is important they experience happiness and escape misery, then it follows the best society is the one in which there is the least misery and the most happiness.

“On this basis, everyone’s happiness counts equally. This includes the happiness of everybody now alive as well as that of future generations.

“So it is important that we act in a way that takes the happiness of all into consideration.

“If we can agree on this we’re one step closer to achieving a happier society.”

The organisation’s Exmouth course volunteers are currently recruiting interested parties.

Martin said he was ‘really pleased’ people had already signed up for the course in Exmouth and would be ‘delighted to welcome more’.

People ‘pay what they can afford’ to attend the course, rather than it having a set price.

It takes place on September 25 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, at the Kennaway Centre, in Victoria Road. Places can be booked at

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