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Share Shed Totnes: Sharing Uni-Cycles, Guitars and Valuable Conversations!

The Network of Wellbeing helped launch Share Shed Totnes in April 2017. It acts as a type of “library of things”; a place where people can borrow tools and other equipment that they need, but might not be able to afford or want to buy. Two months on, NOW’s Director, Roger Higman interviewed the Share Shed Manager, Mark Jeffreys to find out how things are going. He finds people are using Share Shed Totnes to borrow and lend a wealth of items, including uni-cycles, guitars and strimmers. And that it turns out one of the most important things shared is often lovely conversations!

Museum of Happiness: A Happier, Kinder and More Playful World

Our friends at the Museum of Happiness have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them to create a happier, kinder and more playful world.

They aim to raise £25,000 in order to open the world’s first dedicated Museum of Happiness in Camden, London. They’re offering amazing rewards for supporters – so through supporting them you will help a fantastic project and you’ll receive a brilliant new gift or experience too!

They have already passed the £15,000 mark, but they need your help to reach their goal!

Can You Be Well When Others Aren’t?

Guest post by Duncan Fraser, Project Director of Useful and Kind Unlimited

I believe that I can only be truly well when my brothers and sisters, be they neighbours or on the other side of the world, are well too. It is about celebrating diversity and difference. Giving and not counting the cost. Not fighting for what we believe is right, but loving and willing it into being.

Tea With Strangers: Breaking Down Barriers Through Conversation

We're more "connected" than ever before, but we're also more alone. Loneliness and a sense of isolation are just two by-products of living in an age where we’re more likely to be staring at our phones than smiling at each other on the street, or listening to music than talking to people on the bus. Tea With Strangers (TWS) is a community initiative that seeks to make cities feel like neighbourhoods by breaking down barriers between strangers and bringing people together to share stories, ideas and perspectives. This guest blog post shares more about TWS's work in London.

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.