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Wellbeing Through Creativity

Guest post by Rebecca Mellor, Creative Wellbeing

Our creativity, as a means of connecting with ourselves, others and the world around us, is vital to building a wellbeing based society. Without it, we are destined to plough through the existing paradigm as it grows ever more obsolete and unresponsive to our needs. By embedding creativity and the value of creativity into our everyday lives and into the way our infrastructure works for us, we don’t just embrace an intrinsic human quality, we allow ourselves the opportunity to develop appropriate solutions to the myriad issues facing society today.

Winter Happiness Festival Offers Antidote to January Blues

The Museum of Happiness is launching the perfect antidote to the January Blues: The Winter Happiness Festival! The Festival will be running for four weeks, starting on Saturday 21st January and finishing around 19th February. The venue for this excellent event will be the Canvas Cafe, a not-for-profit creative space in East London, which regularly hosts wellbeing and happiness events. The Festival intends to offer people a space to relax, be playful, connect and explore the topic of happiness.

Fireside - Wellbeing Funding in Action

The Totnes Wellbeing Fund offers grants up to £500 to help new initiatives which could really enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing locally. This summer, Mim Stenning was awarded a grant to set up a community Open Mic night called Fireside. In this blog, she gives us a wonderful account of her journey to connect others through music and song.

Small Changes, Big Difference: Latest Totnes Wellbeing Fund Awardees

The Totnes Wellbeing Fund aims to support individuals and community groups in Totnes (Devon, UK) and surrounding areas, helping them to turn great ideas to boost wellbeing into reality. Because a small change can make a big difference, we’re keen to support initiatives where a little input from us could really enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing.

We offer seed grants between £100 and 500 to help turn your ideas into reality. Last week, four more exciting local projects were awarded funding by the Totnes Wellbeing Fund: the Aller Park Project, River Dart Wild Church, Natural Art Movement and an Open-no-mic Night.

Mindfulness Made Social: Humming in Harmony

In this post Florence Scialom and Oliver Ayyildiz of the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) interview Sergio Lopez Figueroa, founder of Big Bang Lab, about how his perspective on wellbeing informs his work on a project called Humming in Harmony (HiH). HiH brings people together for collective creative experiences centred around the simple yet beautiful act of humming together. As a composer and social entrepreneur, Sergio created HiH as a sound based mindfulness group practice, incorporating active listening and improvising vocal harmonies using humming.