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Happy Haiku Competition Winners

NOW recently marked International Day of Happiness with a series of blog posts and videos on happiness habits, a special Totnes Community Potluck, and a happy haiku competition. We received some really lovely happy haiku entries, and would like to offer huge thanks to all those who took the time to enter. It has definitely not been easy to choose the winners; in this post we’re sharing pictures of the winners and announcing details of the winners chosen, and we also share some of the many highlights from the haikus we received. Entries came in from across the world; people from Australia to Japan shared haikus on what makes them happy, and in the process helped bring a smile to many faces!

Celebrating Happiness as a Community

For the second year running, here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we celebrated International Day of Happiness at our monthly Totnes Community Potluck. Almost 200 people attended the event this year, bringing end-of-week good moods and delicious dishes to share.

Happy International Day of Happiness 2016!

The purpose of International Day of Happiness is to, “recognise the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world”. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we have marked this important day in a number of ways, including a special blog and video series on happiness habits and a #HappyHaiku competition. In this post we share some highlights here for you!

Implementing Gross National Happiness Globally, From the Bottom Up

International Day of Happiness (20th March) is just a few days away and together with thousands of people around the planet, we are looking forward to joining the celebrations. This is the fifth time the world celebrates a “Day of Happiness”, and there is growing momentum behind the movement seeking to place the happiness and wellbeing of all life forms at the centre of development. From community organisations such as NOW, to international dignitaries like Nicholas Sarkosy and UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, there is a growing consensus about the need for a new social and economic paradigm that acknowledges the interconnectivity of our world. Ban Ki-Moon has made clear: social, economic and environmental wellbeing are indivisible.

International Day of Happiness: Do Good, Feel Good

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on habits and happiness. She is the author of instant bestsellers, including The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, and her latest book - Better than Before - is about how we change our habits to achieve a happier life. This week we’ve been sharing a series of guest blog posts and videos in the lead up to International Day of Happiness, themed around happiness habits. In this post we share some insights gained from Gretchen Ruben’s work on this important topic.