Emporium, Brighton's exciting theatre, café/bar performing arts complex, has become the country's first 'Happy Cafe'. As such it will be a regular meeting place for Brighton Action for Happiness members where they can get to know other members and other people interested in spreading happiness in Brighton.
It will also help them to discover new ways to improve their wellbeing by providing an array of informative and inspiring, posters, books, pamphlets and happiness postcards which can be viewed and read at leisure in the café...
Members can of course visit Emporium at any time and use its Happy Café resources, but we are announcing these specific Saturday morning Meetups to increase the likelihood that there will be fellow Action for Happiness members there for you to get-together with.
Stick-on badges will be available at the café to identify yourself as an AfH member if you wish to talk to other members, and an AfH Brighton organiser will often be present to help things along..
Here's an extract from the message of support for the Brighton Happy Café launch sent by Dr Mark Williamson, the Director of the national Action for Happiness movement:
On behalf of everyone associated with Action for Happiness, including our co-founders and board, I'm absolutely delighted to hear about the launch of the first Happy Cafe and I'm sending our warmest support and congratulations to everyone involved.
We humans are, above all, a social species - and the most striking finding from all of the research on happiness is the vital importance of our relationships with other people. The Happy Cafe concept is fantastic, because it doesn't just promote the positive messages that we believe in, it also provides a hub where people can connect, relax and share inspiration together on a daily basis. These local connections hold the key to happier lives and a happier society.
I'm also not at all surprised that the first Happy Cafe is in Brighton. We are so proud of - and grateful to - all those behind the hugely successful Brighton Action for Happiness group and the many hundreds of people that are connected with it across this fantastic city, which is so full of enthusiastic, generous and talented people.