Four Ways to Simplify Your Life and Feel Great this Spring

Each year we buy and throw away more stuff. Advertising is everywhere – on our TVs, social media feeds, magazines – and it means we all feel the pressure to buy more despite the fact that research shows that buying stuff doesn’t even make us happy.

This spring, Global Action Plan launched Simplify Life – our campaign to help people escape the energy zapping cycle of more more more and focus on what really matters to them – be it time with loved ones, time for themselves, connecting with nature or learning new skills. We created a calendar with 28 ways you can create space in your home and your mind.

Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland: New Support for Communities

Guest post by Aideen McGinley, Chair of the Advisory Group for the Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project, Carnegie UK Trust

Across the UK and Ireland, local government, in discussion with communities and citizens, is increasingly being given the freedom to map out the economic, social, environmental, and democratic outcomes they are striving for, responsive to local priorities and challenges.

Health as a Social Movement: Creatively Overcoming Loneliness in Care Homes

Guest blog post about Airedale Social Movement by Laura Cope, Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society has been running the Airedale Social Movement Programme in Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven and Leeds since August 2016. This programme is funded by NHS England as part of their New Models of Care; Health of a Social Movement Programme until April 2018. The programme aims to bring local communities into the care home, and put the care home at the heart of the community.

Happy Beyond GDP: Photo Competition Results

To mark the 50 year anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s speech, where he expressed the limitations of GDP in leading us to true prosperity, we asked you to get creative and share photos of what GDP fails to measure - or in other words, what makes you ‘happy beyond GDP’.

How Society Could Be Happier Beyond GDP: Video with Happy City

“If we use the wrong measures, we will strive for the wrong things” – Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Happy City hosted a webinar to mark International Day of Happiness and the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert Kennedy’s famous speech about the weaknesses of measuring societal progress only in terms of a growing economy. Check out the highlights and the full webinar video in this post.