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. 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.
Time for Play
The Museum of Happiness launched in Spitalfields Market in January 2016, where more than 7,000 people visited their 3-day Pop Up which included a silent disco, dance classes, mindfulness sessions and a massive Ball Pit. The giant Ball Pit proved such a success that the Happiness Team decided to make it part of their Winter Happiness Festival this year. The Ball Pit holds an impressive 24,000 pure white balls, and stands at almost a metre high; the perfect place to have fun and connect with your inner child!
Other activities at the Festival include free talks from influential speakers about happiness, yoga and mindfulness, as well as a gratitude tree where visitors can share what they are most grateful for. You can even have a go at some mindful colouring or dispose of unhelpful thoughts and attitudes in the ‘Let It Go’ bin.
Although the aim of the Winter Happiness Festival is to encourage fun and play, there’s a bigger issue at its heart. While a new year brings hope, it can also bring anxiety, one of the biggest causes of mental distress and depression. Owner of The Canvas Café, Ruth Rogers, explains the importance of events like this, and their greater impact:
“Research has proved that adults need play and relaxation to boost their mental and emotional health. London can be a disconnected place, which is why The Canvas Café and the Museum of Happiness are dedicated to providing a space for our community to feel welcome, to connect, and to have fun.”
Connect with Others
Connecting with others has been proven to improve people's wellbeing and happiness. The Museum of Happiness co-founder, Shamash Alidina, highlights how the Winter Happiness Festival will offer a valuable space for connection:
“Winter can be a particularly depressing time in London. We’re not here to force you to feel happy...but we want to create a space for you to meet with other friendly Londoners, reflect on what is going well in your life, savour the moment and have a bit of fun along the way. And who knows, you may just find yourself feeling a bit more upbeat too!”
It's no accident that tickets for this event have been made available from 16th January onwards; the third Monday of January is traditionally known as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, but the Museum of Happiness team are planning to change that. Check out the advert for the Festival below, made by Museum of Happiness volunteer James Light, and if you're interested in attending, get your ticket today!
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Images, video and blog content shared with thanks to Shamash Alidina and the Museum of Happiness.