The Action for Happiness Course (Auckland NZ, 4 Mar 2020)

The Action for Happiness Course (Auckland NZ, 4 Mar 2020)

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Ellen Melville Centre, Helen Clark Room

2 Freyberg Place

Auckland CBD

Auckland, 1000

New Zealand

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An 8-week course that gives you the chance to meet friendly, like-minded people and find simple ways to make yourself and others happy.

The course will run on Wednesdays from 6pm till 8pm on the following dates: 4 March, 11 March, 18 March, 25 March, 1 April, 8 April, 15 April, 22 April.

The course is run by local volunteers and based on donations - so please feel free to give whatever you can afford :)


Exploring What Matters is a secular, science-based course for people who want to learn how to live happily and spread happiness to those around them.

It was created by the Action for Happiness charity to help people tune in to what really matters in life, connect with people around them and find small ways to start taking action.

On the course you will:

  • Meet with like-minded people to explore what really matters in life and find new ways of looking at things.

  • Enjoy expert videos, mindfulness exercises and a handbook full of resources to help you break big ideas into manageable chunks.

  • Take time each week to think of small actions you can take to create happiness for yourself and those around you.

People find it really valuable and often refer to what they learn on the course as life-changing.

-- Click here to see the impact of the course and what people say about it --

Each week is based around a big question:

Week 1: What really matters in life?
We'll explore whether a greater focus on happiness and wellbeing might be better for all of us.

Week 2: What actually makes us happy?
We'll explore the role of outer circumstances and inner attitudes in our wellbeing.

Week 3: Can we find peace of mind?
We'll explore some of the skills and practices that can help us in difficult times.

Week 4: How should we treat others?
We'll explore how to treat others and how we can become more compassionate.

Week 5: What makes for great relationships?
We'll explore how our relationship to others impacts our own happiness.

Week 6: Can we be happier at work?
We'll explore what makes us happy at work and what can we do about it.

Week 7: Can we build happier communities?
We'll explore how to create communities that are more caring, connected and happy.

Week 8: How can we create a happier world?
We'll explore how to live in a way that contributes to a happier world, not just for ourselves but for others too.

-- Click here for a sample of Week 1 to give you an idea of what it’s like --


This course is for anyone interested in exploring how to create happiness for themselves or others.

Maybe you’re someone who could do with some new approaches to try out in your own life.

Or maybe you’re passionate about creating happier communities and a happier world.

Either way, by coming together with others locally on this course you can find the inspiration and support you need find the actions that work for you.

Please note: this course is not group therapy, if you are experiencing severe challenges at the moment we recommend seeking alternative professional support.


The course is run by keen volunteers who are stepping forward to help spread happiness in the local area.

Everyone who joins the course makes a donation of their choice to be there.

It costs Action for Happiness about AUD$195 per person to support each course so we ask all participants to give whatever they can to support themselves and others.

You can choose to either give the recommended donation of AUD$195 or give more or less depending on your circumstances.

We welcome everyone on the course equally whatever they are able to give :)

What are the highlights of the course?

“Sharing and learning from each other allowed us space to grow and taking away action plans each week focused our minds on pro active action.” ~ Jacqueline, London

“More or less everything is a highlight as it is mightily well researched and factual.” ~ Annick, Lindfield

“Being able to believe that I could be brave enough to change my circumstances/life, in order to be happier/make others happier around me.” ~ Michelle, Farnborough


For questions about this particular course please contact the volunteers who are running it:

Chris Van Ryn (
Danielle Legallais (

For general questions about Action for Happiness and the course please contact:

We hope you enjoy the course. Thanks for helping to create a happier world.

The Action for Happiness team

Action for Happiness

Please note: although the content and materials for this course have been developed and tested by Action for Happiness, this specific course is being run independently by volunteers who support the aims of Action for Happiness, rather than being put on directly by the organisation itself.

Action for Happiness was co-founded by Prof Richard Layard, Sir Anthony Seldon and Geoff Mulgan. Key members of the team include Vanessa King and Dr Mark Williamson. It is backed by the Dalai Lama - the patron of Action for Happiness.

Action for Happiness is a UK Registered Charity (1175160).

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