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Happiness Meeting Agenda

From: mark w.
Sent on: Friday, May 23, 2008 11:39 AM
The following is a recommended agenda for your meeting:

1) Each person shoud be invited, not requierd, to say their name and what thay found most interesting on the Meetup blurb that prompted them to attend.

2) Give everybody time to get drinks and food to have during the DVD.

3) Assemble group around laptop and play the DVD without interruptions.

4) Invite people to express what they found most inspiring or interesting on the DVD.

6) Have a volunteer close their eyes, try to pretend no one else is there, and answer the question: What or WHo makes you most happy, and deeply happy. There is no need to hurry, the volunteer can take her or his time. The volunteer should allow this question to be answered from their heart, as opposed to from their intellect/mind.
Ask if any other volunteers would like to do the same exercise.

7) IS there anything about your life, that you feel that if you had more of, would make you truely happier. ( Scientific studies have shown that even people who win millions of dollars in the lottery experience a change in their level of happiness which lasts about 6 months, after which they return to their previous level of happiness, though still continuing to be rich. )

8) Open up the group to discussion as to what makes you happy, and what would make you happier.

9) Ask for volunteers who will be willing to share what will be different about their daily expriences if they consistantly chose happiness, whenever possible.

10) Ask the group to say what has been successful in bringing happiness into their life. For example: being in nature, in your garden, being with your children, music etc.

11) Ask each member of the group to spend a minute or two, to write down a list of at least 5 things that they are thankful about. If they choose to, they may keep their own personal journal, taking time over the next month to jot down instances that made them happy and events that made them unhappy. They need not share this with anyone, this exercise will help them identify personal triggers to happiness and the lack thereof.

12) Ask each person in the group to exchange phone numbers with at least one other person in the group to comminucate with during the next month on the subject of happiness.

13) Homework: During the next month please try and read Tal Ben Shahar's book "Happier".

14) Spend the next few feeks, taking a moment during each day, to observe how your "inner critic"sends you negative messages and how you could convert your ?nner critic"into your "?nner colleugue", by reversing the message in a positive light.

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