Each 4th Thurs. at 7pm - Happiness and Goodness at Barnes and Noble

Get ready to get happier simply by talking about happiness! We'll be in the cafe. Look for our red Meetup sign. Please feel free to arrive late or leave early. It's great if you can RSVP in advance, but in case you can't, come anyway.

As a reminder, this group has two goals. The first is to explore the relationship between happiness and goodness. The second, much more fun, goal is for us to become much happier just by getting together and talking about happiness. The theory behind this second goal comes from a classic psychology study showing that by simply talking regularly about happiness we can become much happier.

While we'll depart from them whenever and however much we may wish, like by talking about gratitude, acts of kindness, meditation and other happiness techniques, the following list of 14 topics will serve as a backdrop for our discussions.

1. Keep busy and be more active
2. Spend more time socializing
3. Be productive at meaningful work
4. Get better organized and plan things out
5. Stop worrying
6. Lower your expectations and aspirations
7. Develop positive, optimistic thinking
8. Become present oriented
9. Develop an outgoing, social personality
10. Work on a healthy personality
11. Be yourself
12. Eliminate negative feelings and problems
13. Close relationships are the number one source of happiness
14. Put happiness as your most important priority.

Here's some background on the research our group is based on.

In 1980 three New Zealand researchers found that after eight 2-hour conversation sessions about happiness over four weeks, their subjects reported a 22 percent increase in their happiness. Continuing their twice-weekly sessions, by the sixteenth week they reported being 42 percent happier.

Our list of topics comes from Fort Myers, Florida psychologist Michael Fordyce's "14 Fundamentals of Happiness." In 1977, Fordyce pioneered the science of happiness-increase with the world's first experiment designed to boost individual happiness.

That's the group, and those are our goals. It's also very, very important that we have fun. With that in mind, let's get ready to get good and happy!


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  • Lauren-Anne

    sorry i missed last night.
    when is the next meetup?

    June 27, 2014

    • George

      Hi Lauren-Anne, We have one scheduled for Monday, July 7th at Panera in Portchester. I hope you can join us.

      June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What an unexpectedly interesting evening! It was provocative. I'm glad I went.

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Michael R.

    What is the fee? Also what do we have to bring (I.e. Notebook)?

    June 24, 2014

    • George

      Hi Michael,

      Sorry for the delay. There's no fee, or anything you need to bring. Hope to see you soon.

      June 25, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Hi George, Hope all is well. I'm sorry that I have to bail out. Hopefully I will be able to attend the next event.

    Respectfully submitted by,
    Steve

    June 24, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To Know Even One Life Has Breathed Easier Because You Have Lived, This Is To Have Succeeded.”

    June 23, 2014

  • Virginia

    Have you changed it from the second Thursday? The fourth is fine with me, but not this month. Sorry to be missing it but I already have something else planned

    June 20, 2014

    • George

      It's now on both the second and fourth Thursday. More Happiness! I hope you can make it to the next one.

      June 20, 2014

    • George

      Oops; I mean the second Monday and fourth Thursday!

      June 21, 2014

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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